Pretty in Print

28 November 2011

mary katrantzou dress

Sometimes I'm still amazed by some of the e-mails I receive as a blogger and not just those of the spammy kind (one asked whether I was dead or alive and wanted to collect a package worth $2.5 million).  When My Daily contacted me asking to confirm my attendance to an event where I would meet Mary Katrantzou and hear her in conversation with editor Libby Banks, I couldn't RSVP fast enough.  I've enjoyed witnessing the Katrantzou brand develop over the seasons and seeing how she continues to reinvent her signature multi-faceted prints.  It's always interesting to see how designers who come from various other disciplines (Katrantzou studied architecture before turning to textiles) approach fashion and I'm sure that the precision needed (this illustration explains what I think I mean) has helped her to create such strong, engineered designs.

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scallop canapes

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The event was hosted at Kettners in Soho and we were treated to the obligatory cocktails and canapes before we waited for the interview to start.  In true social media fashion, there was a hashtag created especially for the event and our tweets would appear on screen literally as soon as they were posted and it was easy to gauge the reactions of the room.  Some of my favourite anecdotes I took from the evening was the sheer amount of work that goes into making sure these prints work with certain silhouettes.  Instead of shying away from making bigger sizes, more work actually goes into them with the print containing more information and detail than that of a size 6.  We also got to give our input as to what we thought Katrantzou's website should contain (at the moment, it's a work in progress) and how best to make it a worthwhile platform for her work.  It's great to see a designer embracing Twitter, and Facebook rather than having a team in place to handle it and maintain a distance from her supporters.

topshop jumper versace for h&m skirt

office boots
versace h&m palm print skirt

Jumper - Topshop
Tights - Calzedonia
Boots - Office

I decided to embrace a bit of print myself and wore my brand spanking new Versace for H&M skirt.  Now I don't often buy designer collaborations and I didn't think I'd end up liking anything from the collection but somehow after seeing Susie in the palm print skirt, the design started to appeal to me.  I knew what to expect from her description, but I'm still amazed by the quality (100% silk for £40 ain't half bad) and the gold metal tips at the edge of the pleats add an additional touch not often seen on the high street where it's important to keep costs down.  I wasn't able to queue up myself as I was in Paris when the collection came out, but luckily my Mum braved the madness at the new Westfield in Stratford, which I'm very much grateful for.  After seeing all the pictures from the event, I was gutted I didn't get a photo with Mary as she was lovely and it could have been a picture to show the grandkids if her rise continues to that of mega-brand-like status.

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London Fashion Week SS12 Exhibition (still have so many photos I haven't posted yet)!

Have you found yourself becoming more excited about prints at the moment?  I've always loved vintage florals and polka dots but now I feel it's time for something slightly more vivid and photographic (this Zara shirt is a good example) as an update.  I'm excited to see the rest of the Topshop collaboration and am hoping for some knitwear pieces, but in the meantime I am crossing everything I can so I can win this dress

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  1. Ah so many things to love about this post. Obviously Mary, the canapes and that awesome skirt. Kicking myself a little bit for not bothering with H&M at all but I'm so pleased your mum got in queue and was able to help you out! Did your mum buy anything?

  2. Wow those are great photos. Sounds like you had a good time. And I heard that the Versace collection was a big hit here in NYC people went crazy buying some of the things but they didn't really cater to people above a size 10 U.S. which is like a size 12 U.K. I think...

  3. Love the outfit Kristabel, my skirt arrived in the post today and I can't wait to wear it out! The Mary K event sounds really fantastic x

  4. You are the first person I have seen and like a piece of the Versace for H&M on.

  5. Totally in love with that skirt - I wish I suited prints!

  6. Great post, what an exciting opportunity! Loving all the prints, really into Mary Katrantzou at the moment. V jealous of your Versace x H&M skirt too, one of the few pieces I really liked!

  7. aaarggg, HOW EXCITING!
    we don't have h&m over here (sniff!..) so i never realised that the skirt had metal points on the pleats, nice detail! x

  8. Wow, what a great opportunity! You look wonderful. x

  9. What an amaaaazing opportunity!! I love her designs!

  10. PRINTS...PRINTS!!! SO MANY AMAZING PRINTS!! Ive been sitting on the versace for a while idk...still hasnt sold out in chicago!

    How do you get invited to such cool events?