Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Room Becomes Her

Literally, in British designer Mary Katrantzou's Spring 2011 collection from London Fashion Week. Katrantzou's interesting use of 70s interior design photography, by Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin, create an unforgettable trompe l'oeil effect.  Style.com quoted the designer as saying, "With this collection, I wanted to put the room on the woman, rather than the woman in the room," in an interview post runway show.
Mary Katrantzou Spring 2011 Look 1
Mary Katrantzou Spring 2011 Look 6
Mary Katrantzou Spring 2011 Look 8
Mary Katrantzou Spring 2011 Look 12
Mary Katrantzou Spring 2011 Look 22
Mary Katrantzou Spring 2011 Look 24
 The effect is eye-catching and artfully done prints that lend a hand to the wearer, as opposed to over-taking their frame. Not only were the prints reflecting the highly stylized interiors, but construction of the garments themselves built into the architecture of the rooms.  Chiffon sleeves used to emphasize curtains, a dining table cut away into a skirt, a necklace chandelier. Katrantzou successfully managed to take the abstract interiors and create a wearable scene in perfect symmetry while simultaneously complimenting the fashionista bold enough to wear an entire room. I am certainly lusting after this collection!

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