For some, ‘getting’ Mary Katrantzou may require a bit of training. The venue held many trained eyes, still, the collection left the audience gasping. Inspired by iconic Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, coromandel screens and the interwar period, Mary’s creations are the most daring and most beautiful floral, ornamental and scenic print clashes I’ve seen so far, liberally applied all over her signature scuplted structures. And they are quite up there with the frescos of the greatest Roman catholic cathedrals, the intricate ornaments of orthodox churches, regal wallpapers and the most elaborate embroidery patterns from all over the world. Mary, another designer of the evolutionary type, has stubbornly held her own in the fashion scene, secretly executing her plan for the world to burst into bloom. Mission accomplished – next move?
The Meadham Kirchhoff show was indeed one to remember. Not only did it puzzle the audience but it made up for a day’s worth of show delays, thanks to Edward and Benjamin’s latest innovation, the one-minute show. I wonder if anyone remembers the clothes though, beyond ‘surreal’. In monochrome or red, the models were styled like they have just walked out of genre paintings of the Dutch Golden Age. Well, I often think fashion is the art and the work of the everydays, and even more so for our designer guys. Only, they have made it just a little too difficult to see behind the styling. Now it’s up to us find the pieces we can see ourselves wearing.
A crazy, crazy collection made from heritage and glam-punk turned upside down and inside out. Ashish girls and boys play it trashy, sparkly, playful, cheeky, colourful and cool, and totally irreverent. And they all wear cobweb knee tattoos or whatever those things are. You won’t see me anywhere near these clothes because of the sequins, but still. Respect.