Runway Review: Mary Katrantzou Spring 2015

While many designers have been taking us on a trip back in time for SS15, Mary Katrantzou took the throwback to a whole different level with a collection embodying Paleozoic-era Pangea, the supercontinent that eventually broke apart creating the globe we know today.  Channeling the shifting tectonic plates with unexpected linear cutouts and panels of pleats, Kantrantzou surprised everyone with a palette of neutrals and attention to interesting texture instead of her trademark prints. The result was an other-worldly collection that seemed both organic and primordial, and contemporary and chic.

Flora and fauna embellished designs covered Katrantzou’s classic mod-nodding babydoll silhouettes and crisp, tailored pants paired with delicate camisoles. Crew-necked, long sleeved tops balanced out A-line skirts that showed some major leg with thigh-high slits.  Models walked on a runway of sparkly-black volcanic dust to the sounds of Icelandic band Sigur Rós.

It was a standout show for Katrantzou, who’s designs risks definitely paid off. We can’t wait to see who will pull off one of those show-stopping sheer gowns on the red carpet.

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Sarah Bertness is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer covering the arts, music, fashion and culture. She has a love for all things avant-garde, late night rock and roll, wanderlust, and a good dose of fringe and gold sequins. You can follow her musings on Twitter and Instagram @sarahbertness.