The Clothes: Mary Katrantzou was inspired by postage stamps and bank notes--and she quite literally translated these exotic patterns into garments. The stamp pieces were in shades of blue and green and punctuated with burnt orange and brown. The more night-time ready bank note pieces were shot through with metallic threads for a shimmery brocade effect that was stunning. Shapes were easy, so as not to compete with the wow patterns: Flowy grecian-esque dresses, lots of a-lines, and simple skinny suits showed off the patterns to great effect.
What the Line Sheets Said: Katrantzou again invents unique print for each garment: daywear is dominated by the postage stamp, while evening turns to bank-notes for its aesthetic basis. Katrantzou journeys around the world for the designs--stamps from locales as far-flung as Venezuela, Mongolia and Finland, currencies like the Deutsche Mark, Kroner, Drachma and the old British Pound. Those notes are no longer in circulation, but despite losing their physical value, their aesthetic worth remains intact.
The Hair and Makeup: Heavy black eyeliner that gave the eyes an almond shape, otherwise faces were natural. The hair was pulled back in a knot, with one flap of hair pulled toupee-ishly over the top of the scalp to meet the knot in the back.
The Vibe: The show was at the Tophsop veunue in a tent in Bedford Square Gardens--a charming site for sure, but one that is rather small and cramped. We watched Anna Dello Russo swan in fashionably late and then wedge herself and her ginormous hat in at the last second. Obviously a hot ticket in town.
The Soundtrack: Cash registers going 'ka-ching.'
The Front Row: ADR, editors and a sprinkling of Brit-It girls. People were here to see the clothes.
Swag: Very cute Mary K postage stamp totes. Perfect for our ever-growing fashion tote bag collection.
Celeb We'd Like to See Wearing It: Lena Dunham
WTF Moment: In general the Tophsop venue is a bit of a shitshow. Too many (skinny) asses and not enough seats.