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Athens born designer Mary Katrantzou, whose first collection I previously shared with you here has 'decorated' the female form with her stunning Spring 2011 RTW collection [ all the pieces of which are shown later in the post]. Caning as ruffles, lampshade-like skirts, trains reminiscent of curtains, candelabras as jewelry and textiles printed with photos from '60s and '70s issues of Architectural Digest have turned her fashions into wearable home decor.
Incredible detailing using dangling crystals, beading, sequins, pleating, tapestry and embroidery adorn her dresses, skirts and jackets. Materials like raffia, fringe and chair caning become integral design and decorative elements in the line.
The handiwork is breathtaking and the strong graphic prints are surprising flattering to the female form.
The Mary Kantrantzou Spring 2011 Ready To Wear collection:
The jewelry is amazing. She designs it herself and the necklaces are made to emulate candelabras and chandeliers. The bent and twisted candle holders and chunky crystals on collars are art pieces in themselves but perfectly compliment the unusual dresses.
The shoes are like espadrilles on steroids, Combining braided raffia with colored suede, they are simultaneously summery and sophisticated.
images courtesy of Vogue.com and go runway