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Designer Love: Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou, a Greek designer, is known for her artistry in textile design. After studying at some of the most prestigious art schools in America (Rhode Island School of Design) and London (Central Saint Martins), she earned a sponsorship from the British Fashion Council to create her first six seasons. Since then, the fashion industry has breathlessly awaited each of Katrantzou’s new designs.

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Since her first collection hit the runways in 2009, Mary Katrantzou’s designs have captivated the fashion world. Combining vibrant, chaotic prints and patterns with staggering silhouettes, the Athens-born designer creates pieces that are as much art as they are clothing.

The designer amid some of her beautiful creations.

The designer amid some of her beautiful creations.

Metal details adorn this dress.

Metal details adorn this dress.

High-waisted print shorts with sheer lace top.

High-waisted print shorts with sheer lace top.

The fabulous "Jewel Tree" dress.

The famous “Jewel Tree” dress.

The designer and a piece incorporating both handiwork and a digital print.

The designer and a piece incorporating both handiwork and a digital print.

Complex digital prints and sculptural designs draw inspiration from a variety of seemingly unlikely sources – Faberge eggs and Victorian interiors, Girl Scout badges and vintage lampshades. Despite this riot of elements, Katrantzou always manages to bring her pieces together through shape, pattern, form and color, the end result breathtaking and original.

Detailed patches and intricate beading.

Detailed patches and intricate beading.

The "Tikiman" dress in Grazia UK.

The “Tikiman” dress in Grazia UK.

Bright and sunny "lampshade" skirt.

Bright and sunny “lampshade” skirt.

Flowers cover this dress, adding texture and color.

Flowers cover this dress, adding texture and color.

The model becomes the flower in this look.

The model becomes the flower in this look.

The latest resort collection based on beautiful typography.

The latest resort collection based on beautiful typography.

Vibrant floral print features shiny gold bow in the center.

Vibrant floral print features shiny gold bow in the center.

Katrantzou is inspired by a cacophony of texture and architecture – her father was a textile designer, her mother an interior designer – both of which she studied while in school. Called the “queen of digital print,” the designer names art as an integral part of her design aesthetic, essential to the brand identity she is trying to establish. And establish it she has. Katrantzou creates wearable art in each and every collection she puts forth, in pieces unique yet cohesive.

The embroidered and beaded "Poppycon" sweater.

The embroidered and beaded “Poppycon” sweater.

Mary's moodboard in Harper's Bazaar...

Mary’s moodboard in Harper’s Bazaar…

Since then, she’s collaborated with Longchamp and recently started designing handbags of her own. The ‘MVK’ bag became a celebrity favorite immediately after launching.

Jessica Alba and Diane Kruger show their love for the 'MVK' bag, while Anna Dello Russo and Michelle Obama wear embellished Katrantzou dresses.

Jessica Alba and Diane Kruger show their love for the ‘MVK’ bag, while Anna Dello Russo and Michelle Obama wear embellished Katrantzou dresses.

Keira Knightley looks radiant in this Mary Katrantzou dress.

Keira Knightley looks radiant in this Mary Katrantzou dress.

Taylor Swift rocks one of Katrantzou’s typography looks at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.

Taylor Swift rocks one of Katrantzou’s typography looks at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.

Her Spring/Summer 2015 collection is inspired by Pangaea, evoking movement, that pulling and shifting of once-static objects. The silhouettes are soft, fluid, rendered in light fabrics such as summer wool and weightless tulle. In this line, Katrantzou combines the organic and the geometric, the abstract and the rigid, meshing together interesting textiles and shapes to form a complex puzzle of design.

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Mary Katrantzou bags in different colors and prints to match the SS15 collection.

Katrantzou says she is inspired by women who can blur the line between design and art, who enjoy merging mismatched objects. She has traveled extensively, journeys which are evident in her designs, whether in the print of a fog-enveloped Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco or a meandering road through the idyllic countryside.

Floral print with architectural tunnel accents.

Floral print with architectural tunnel accents.

The designer fits a bride.

The designer fits a bride.

In addition, she’s recently launched a collaboration with Adidas which is making waves editorially.

Mary Katrantzou X Adidas Originals

Mary Katrantzou X Adidas Originals

Mary Katrantzou X Adidas Originals

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