Tuesday, 21 February 2012

There's something about Mary

If you haven't heard of Mary Katrantzou these past few weeks, then seriously, where have you been? Mary is the darling of the fashion world at present, currently showing at London Fashion Week and designing a collection for Topshop, which has just been launched to the sound of huge acclaim from the fashion press.

She is known for her highly colourful, highly intricate designs, bursting with pattern and detail and celebrities have backed her by wearing her designs to many a red carpet event - here are Keira Knightley and Alexa Chunng - both fans of her designs:

{Keira Knightley}
{Alexa Chung}

So, the fact that Mary has done a collection for Topshop, means that the look is at least more accessible to us everyday folk - oh, what's that? The collection sold out in three days? Sure.

{Mary Katrantzou for Topshop}

{Mary Katrantzou for Topshop}

However, you can still get your hands on this scarf, which I reckoned was one of the best purchases of the collection - a wear with anything, go with anything scarf, which gives you a slice of genuine fashion gold for a reasonable £60.
For those of you looking for something more clothing based, here are a few high-street picks. The high-street has picked up brilliantly on this trend, but favours designs made from my fabric nemesis that is polyester. But here are a few items I picked out which are polyester-free, and pack a bit of a Mary-style punch. And don't be afraid to mix and match your patterms - a pattern clash can only be seen as a GOOD THING for ss2012. Maybe take some inspiration from Pat Butcher's (RIP) boudoir - the floral bedspread, the patterned wallpaper, and then some floral curtains in the mix too - you're on the right lines.

{palm mirage shift dress, £48 Warehouse}
{floral tee, £28 Warehouse}

{mirror floral top, £38 Warehouse}

{silk colour block tribal dress, £65 Warehouse} 

{scarf print shirt, £39.99 Zara}
{combined printed blouse, £39.99 Zara}

Interestingly, you'll never see Mary wearing anything other than black - she likes to keep her own palate clear of pattern. Each to her own.

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