Mary Katrantzou for Topshop Collection — Graphic Content
Remember the mass hysteria and maniacal yearning unleashed by the release of the Lanvin for H&M collection? Well, when Topshop UK released its limited-edition collection of apparel designed alongside Mary Katrantzou on February 17th, a virtual stampede ensued as fashion hounds clamored for a chance to nab some of the pieces, which feature bright hues, dizzying floral prints, and chic silhouettes (from a body-conscious, scuba-style, long-sleeved mini dress to a lampshade-shaped prom dress with a voluminous mini skirt). Needless to say, the collection sold out in the blink of an eye. Those hoping they’d fare better online were mostly disappointed — in fact, by Monday, only one piece remained: a printed 100% silk scarf (still available for at Topshop.com).
Fortunately for those of us in the US, the official launch date on this side of the pond is February 29th, which means we still have the opportunity to nab some of the Mary Katrantzou for Topshop designs.
The London-based Greek designer, who graduated from the prestigious Central Saint Martins and honed her skills working for Bill Blass and Sophia Kosokalaki, has captivated the fashion world since 2009, when she showcased her debut collection. Last year, Katrantzou won the Emerging Talent Ready-to-Wear Award at the British Fashion Awards, further bolstering her brand’s prestige factor.
Known for her bold and colorful prints, which sometimes border on hyperrealism and other times enter the surreal realm, Katrantzou has crafted a collection for Topshop that feels modern and exciting. Standouts include the long-sleeved mini dress pictured at top, which features a neck-hugging collar for a scuba-esque effect and a dynamic collage of visual motifs, with simple posies against a white backdrop along the chest area and the upper half of the sleeves; indigo, cobalt, and sky blue swirls that recall “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” painting and Japanese dragon art from the waistline down to the hemline and along the bottom half of sleeves; and rows of large yellow diamond shapes along the hips. A silk sheath dress (pictured second from top) also depicts a mélange of visual images but, this time, some of the florals look as if they had been plucked from a photograph (particularly the lavender and yellow blooms along the bottom of the dress). One of the more versatile pieces: a pair of black leggings covered with leafy pink, purple, and red carnations.
The Mary Katrantzou for Topshop collection will launch in the US on February 29th so make sure to act fast!