Runway Report: Mary Katrantzou SS18

DIY design days of Mary Katrantzou’s creative childhood took center stage in her SS18 collection, from fuse beaded lace dresses, gingham checks gone multicolored lego block prints, friendship bracelet knots turned sheath dress textiles, and a series of paint by number statement florals.  In a collection made for spring showers and a rethink on the season’s trend obsession with sportswear gone chic, anoraks were printed, polka dotted and color-blocked, and varsity stripe and elastic drawstring details embellished collar and waistlines, along with ballooned bubble hems on swing dress minis through to sweeping gowns.

Ladylike buttoned up and boxed jacket paired with pencil skirts met modern racer back lines and cut out details and neoprene skater dress silhouettes, in a collection that felt utterly contemporary despite the nonstop nostalgia. Models donned grown up jellies, fashioned into lace up caged boots and chic kitten heels, and towering flatforms embellished with everything from gumball beads to alphabet letters. Hair was parted down the middle and slicked down low, faces bare with just a touch of contour and flush to let the clothes steal the show.
Though Katrantzou was looking back for inspiration of the season, her collections just keep evolving forward, owning her mastery of print while expanding her design trademark to span juxtapositions of silhouette, embellishment and styling for the fashion risk taker who’s never afraid to stand out from the crowds.

About the Author

Sarah Bertness is the Editorial Manager of social shopping platform LIKEtoKNOW.it, covering the arts, music, fashion and culture from Dallas in her spare time. She has a love for public art, all things vinyl, antiquing, wanderlust, and a good dose of color blocking and print clashing. You can follow her travels and musings on Instagram @sarahbertness.