Archives for posts with tag: Mary Katrantzou

London Fashion Week, Heart of Darkeness, Apocalypse Now, Peter Beard, Todd Lynn, Marcus James, John Rocha, Château la Coste, Mary Katrantzou,

It is a beautiful, melancholy beginning to London Fashion Week with 3 talents to thank for this. On a first note, from a collective inspiration of Heart of Darkeness, Apocalypse Now and the artist Peter Beard, comes a diligent series of impeccably tailored offerings by Todd Lynn. The most notable are his colorfully printed silk pieces, so marvelously decorated by the hands of artist Marcus James. Here exists a captivating tension between the organic washes and the severe silhouettes – they simply smolder with beauty. There were also dark undertones mingling in the romance-gone-wrong theme of John Rocha‘s collection. The location of a glass chapel he is designing in the Château la Coste in the south of France inspired his color palette. Despite the bursts of red, yellow and pink, there was an emotive sense of shattered gloom that is alluring in the crushed silks, layered sheers and veiled lace looks. Finally, there was nothing disappointing in Mary Katrantzou‘s blend of melancholy. Her signature prints referenced stamps and banknotes of past – and possibly lost – cultures and values. Her constructions in this collection appear far less complex in a more paired down, direct marriage of print and form. The prints shimmer, the fabrics flow and the shapes billow with a luminosity that only Mary can procure. And it’s so money…

@BeautifulCurio, Twitter, London Fashion Week

Curious Luxury, AW12 Illustration Competition, Mary Katrantzou, Mary Katrantzou AW12 collection, Mary Katrantzou Facebook page

Last spring, something curiously wonderful occurred at the offices of Mary Katrantzou: people began to send in illustrations of her Autumn Winter 2012 collection. One by one, the team began to share the works of art on the Mary Katrantzou Facebook page… and the artworks kept rolling in. In early June, the clever minds of Katrantzou seized the social engagement opportunity and an inspired illustration competition was officially conceived. What would be the prize? Scoring a much coveted seat at the Mary Katrantzou Spring Summer 2013 show in September. This serendipitous contest has now come to an end and the lucky (and talented) winner will be announced on September 1st. Meantime, above is a small curation of the stunning creativity in the running. Below is the BeautifulCurious pick for “Best in Show”, but we wish every artist the best of luck and of course applaud the social media brilliance here.

AW12 Illustration Competition, Mary Katrantzou, Mary Katrantzou AW12 collection, Mary Katrantzou Facebook page

All of the entries can be seen here

Van Cleef and Arpels, Mary Katrantzou, Lesage, Lanvin, Fabergé, Swarovski, Valentino, Prada, Cartier,  Cara Delevingne, Fabergé, Cara Delevingne, Alexander Fury, Giles and Rochas, SHOWstudio, utumn/Winter 2012, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Nick Knight

When 2 very good things conspire – Instagram and Nick Knight – magical things happen. Sprinkle in a flash of Cartier here, a little Katrantzou there, along with a tender fluffy friend for good measure and Nick Knight’s first ever Instagram photo shoot materializes. The refreshing abandon of careful retouching in exchange for clever web tools results in what is a true “live shoot”: all images were posted directly from camera onto Tumblr accompanied by Tweeted commentary from fashion director Alexander Fury. Hello innovation sensation!

Erik Madigan Heck, Mary Katrantzou, The Surrealist Ideal, Nomenus Quarterly, Surrealism, André Breton , Salvador Dalí, Man Ray

Erik Madigan Heck and Mary Katrantzou are at their other-worldy best again in Nomenus Quarterly magazine’s “The Surrealist Ideal”. By combining various mediums – photography, painting, illustration and new technologies – the collaboration expands into a world that is not of a physical reality and something so far removed from the usual fashion editorial. The vision is extraordinary and the hues are lush in all their hyper-color splendor. Somewhere, Breton, Dalí, and Man Ray’s hearts must be content.

Mary Katrantzou’s work mesmerizes me. I want to take it in like a Chuck Close painting: from far away and close up.  I’ve never had the pleasure to marvel at her work up close in person, but I have managed to come across imagery to satiate a little bit of that desire. The construction of the garments sometimes resemble the way armor works, but in a most feminine, fluid way. She fuses so much goodness in one garment: beautifully bold, explosive color and striking prints (closely cropped, abstracted, or geometrically aligned) mixed with textures and fabric that seem possible only in imagination. It has a wonderfully hypnotic effect on me and I see her work as fine art as well as haute couture. Spring 2012 evolved from structured architectural and interior inspired prints into explosive, sensual abstraction. Ms Mary’s talent talent has no bounds and I can’t wait to see what she does next.

In following a Mary Katrantzou curiosity the other day I discovered another extraordinary visionaire along the way: Erik Madigan Heck. L’inspiration cup runneth over. There is much to say about both talents, so this begins the first installment of a mini blog trilogy. This editorial titled “Surreal Planes” conceived by Erik featuring Mary’s intoxicating dresses triggers fireworks inside my head. The common link for me in what they create is a dynamic sense of altered reality. When I see Mary’s work I become aware of two sensations happening at once: one is the experience of seeing a dress that is clearly a beautiful dress, and the other is what happens when I begin to see the beautiful, printed objects, architecture and interiors on the fabric, twisting as if through the world’s most extraordinary kaleidoscope. Erik’s artistry here has a similar effect with the decadent, color trickery that plays with surreal perspective (physically and conceptually) and a most wonderful mash-up of photography, painting, and illustration. I don’t know what is real and what is illusion – and that thrills me to no end. The final nugget I offer is a mention of the world’s most expensive magazine (around $6,500 per issue), which is the origin of this editorial: Nomenus Quarterly. And if you are curious enough about this and what sort of content may be worthy of such a sum, the NY Times T Magazine wrote a review which can be seen here:

In the event you don’t have $6,500 burning a hole in your pocket, fear not, as Nomenus Quarterly can be enjoyed free of charge electronically: