Maybe I'm being a bit of a drama queen, but I have to argue that it's actually instinctive. This is what a Mary Katrantzou dress does to me. Don't even get me started on her spring/summer 2012 show. (I blogged about it here, though I would like to mention that I hadn't quite reached my current Mary Katrantzou emotional state at the time the post was written.)
Anyways, I was overwhelmed with excitement during the beginning of London Fashion Week, eagerly awaiting the fall 2012 collection of this designer who is so dear to my heart. I did not in fact wake up at 4 am Tuesday morning to see the collection (I did consider it), but the first thing I did when I woke up was jump right on to Style.com for a nice little gawking session. And, of course, the genius of Mary Katrantzou did not fail to impress.
Images from style.com
To be honest, words can't properly describe this collection and do it justice. The looks that strutted down the runway featured Katrantzou's signature style of prints: realistic digital imagery of ordinary objects (in most cases - see the garden labyrinth dress as an exception). These designs more so than past ones are almost like optical illusions; the first time you see one of these dresses, it looks like it just has a pretty abstract print. On a second look, you may find a typewriter or a clock. (See if you can find them in the images above.) In terms of color: after the cascade of rainbow colors in the Mary Katrantzou S/S'12 collection, it was nice to see single-hued looks, a rare thing for the designer. Yet the color palettes were beautiful and vibrant as always, and even the looks in neutral tones succeeded in maintaining my interest! (In runway shows, it takes a real mastermind to interest me when it comes to neutrals.) The silhouettes were imaginative as always, with Katrantzou challenging herself to find new ways to incorporate structure in more unusual ways. Structured shoulders and various twists on the peplum shape are examples.
Please - for your own sake (and mine) - take a look at the entire collection here.