Friday, February 24, 2012
Mary Katrantzou: my favourite line from Longchamp SS 2012 Collection
The first time I saw the prints on the internet few months ago, I instantly fell in love. Now I have difficulties to decide on which bags that should be part of my collection. It is really hard to choose from those all beautiful bright prints.... sigh
About the designer (from Wikipedia)
Mary Katrantzou (born in 1983 in Athens) is a Greek fashion designer who currently lives and works in London.
She moved to the United States in 2003 in order to attend Rhode Island School of Design to study architecture. She then transferred Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design where she completed both her Bachelor and Master. During her studies, she managed to sell some of her prints to Bill Blass. Graduating from her Bachelor course in 2005, Katrantzou switched her focus from prints for interiors to fashion prints. Whilst collaborating with Sophia Kokosalaki in 2006, Katrantzou managed to build up a portfolio for the Central Saint Martins Master Fashion Textiles course. In 2008, she opened the Saint Martins graduating show. Her collection was nominated for the Harrods and the L‘Oreal Professional Award. Supported by a Newgen (talent identification scheme created by the British Fashion Council in 1993) sponsorship for six full seasons (S/S 2009 - A/W 2011), her first Prêt-à-porter collection was shown at the autumn/winter London Fashion Week in 2008.
Her collections are now available worldwide in over 60 high end fashion shops. A collection for Topshop launched for London Fashion Week autumn/winter 2010 and was available in shops in February 2011. Katrantzou‘s work has been featured in publications including Vogue, Dazed & Confused, and Grazia. In 2010, she was awarded the coveted Swiss Textiles award, succeeding Alexander Wang who won the award in 2009. She is one of the designers of Città dell'arte Fashion. Hannah Holman is one of the better known models who recently walked in one of Katrantzou‘s shows.
Images from Longchamp.com