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Mary Katrantzou blows our minds – London Fashion Week A/W 2012

There are some shows that need to be seen in the flesh to be truly experienced; there are others, meanwhile, that can be utterly mindblowing when viewed from the comfort of one’s own home. I know this truth because this …

Fri, Feb 24, 2012, 11:30

   

There are some shows that need to be seen in the flesh to be truly experienced; there are others, meanwhile, that can be utterly mindblowing when viewed from the comfort of one’s own home. I know this truth because this is how I watched Mary Katrantzou‘s A/W 2012 collection saunter down the catwalk and into the consciousness of the fashion elite (not to be forgotten, I suspect, for a long time) on the live stream – much like I watched Burberry. Take a look for yourself:

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It was, as so many people pointed out – on Twitter and otherwise (for a social networking analysis of London Fashion Week, incidentally, you could do worse than take a look at Editd’s breakdown) – a truly haute couture look at ready-to-wear, with stunning colours, prints and shapes. Such a step up for a woman of whom we already expected great things.

Just look at the shape of this dress – the first to come stomping down the runway at the Topshop show space last week. Seriously stunning – and the messy top knots were, as they say, the proverbial icing on the cake.

As you can see, there was a huge array of colours, shapes and styles – and, though they didn’t all adhere to one particular “look”, they all maintained Katrantzou’s carefully cultivated aesthetic, without being boring. And, like so many labels this A/W, Katrantzou included a red dress (is red the new black?):