A catwalk tightly packed with a rainbow wash of carnations spoke of a change in print path for Mary Katrantzou. From trompe l'oeil to the battle of the garden of Eden versus industrial forms.
In the left corner, an image of scrap yard metals - tin cans, car parts, microphones, rubbish that has become the nature found at the bottom of a field or river. In the right corner, the more commonly associated visions of nature – a bed of flowers, tropical fish, birds and foliage.
The two acid bright prints collided across draped asymmetric dresses, the billowing trains of gowns and plasticised pleats and folds. Yellow carnation print trousers were dipped knee down in pink – we tell you again, wacky pins are the look for next season. We also saw Katrantzou’s first foray in to knitwear: a gorgeous loose sweater that pushed the collection further in to daywear. There were many pieces that, either styled with head-to-toe print on print or worn against plain separates, work as show-stopping looks whatever the hour.
If that hour is a cocktail one, the stiff puffball or jangling metal-laden asymmetric-hemmed gowns will ensure you arrive to the literal sounding of bells. From demure to dramatic, this show had it all.