Every season the fashion press arrives at Mary Katrantzou with high expectations, and every season, without fail, she delivers. Before the show, many were wondering whether her signature dramatic prints could translate for summer but any concerns were quickly dispelled as Katrantzou brought a spring-like freshness to her collection, mainly due to her greater use of white as a backdrop for her distinctive prints. Quirky postage stamp-inspired prints dominated, in a rainbow range of bold colours and incorporating a wide range of motifs, from butterflies and birds to Greek lettering. Shapes were equally fresh; bodycon dresses still had their place but these were interspersed with voluminous capes, boxy shirts and flared hems that were unlike anything seen elsewhere. As the show reached its climax, the shapes became even bigger, with extravagant trapeze skirts featuring swirling metallic prints offered alongside sleek trouser suits that referenced last season in emerald and sapphire tones.
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