The folkloric costume traditions of the Balkans permeated the entire collections, appearing in all three of the aforementioned acts. The models, the gypsy princesses stridently took to the runway and paraded a line of mismatched florals—a self-referential return to her own beginnings. The clothes were airy but packed a punch with their magnificently detailed prints, demanding interest from the outset.
Mary Katrantzou won the British Fashion Council & Vogue’s Designer Fashion Fund of £200,000 in March. The fund has enabled the brand to take the next step in becoming a fully fledged label. Her Spring 2016 collection was the first with the fund in use. The results were visible. The pieces were more luxurious, the show space was bigger—it was Central Saint Martins, where Katrantzou graduated in 2008. How things come full circle, hey? Her creativity still lights up fashion week eight years later. This collection was a extravagant, majestic journey to the stars, but it never became starry-eyed.
Three words Mary Katrantzou mentioned in her Vogue Runway interview after the show stuck with me. She wants to created lightweight, desirable clothing that is enchanting to woman. Lightweight, desirable, enchanting. It would be no lie to say that she accomplished that with ease.
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