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Mary Katrantzou F/W 09.10 London
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LONDON, February 24, 2009
By Sarah Mower

For her debut runway collection, Mary Katrantzou jolted her audience—a packed house, at 9 a.m.—wide awake. As the recipient of New Generation funding, she used every resource to pull together an impressive development of the bold placement prints and jewelry she spent last season showing to buyers, gathering orders. Her motifs—simplified images of perfume bottles—packed a clean, colorful graphic punch and polish that belied the effort they had taken to assemble. "I found a printer called the Silk Bureau here in London," she laughed. "They do it in their garage."

Last season, Katrantzou's first offerings were all in a single shift shape. Their newness and wearability won plenty of takers on sight, but some were left wondering whether, as a textile specialist, she'd be able to broaden her line into different silhouettes. Katrantzou delivered impressively, adding fluted skirts and new dress shapes, long-line tubes, and zippered suede pants. Better still, she raised the level of her other talent as a jewelry designer, layering on giant necklaces constructed from gold tubing, chains, and mirrors. Again, it was a question of a determined young woman using every resource at her disposal, including the help of her family in Athens. As Katrantzou explained backstage, "My mother has a furniture-making factory. She's retired, but I forced her to get back in there and make me some pieces." It may be about the toughest time to launch a business, but this is a young talent whose vision and attitude are, by every indication, just about perfectly adapted to make things happen for herself.

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Really interesting prints. Designers in London love crazy prints, i guess

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this is impressive, i havent see anything this interesting for a while......would love to see what the backs look like

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as much as the prints remind me of peter pilotto...these are really beautiful clothes!

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Very impressive prints

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i'm impressed by her accessories...

i presumed they were by Maria Francesca Pepe.

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its ok but isn't original at all.. reminds me a lot early Jonathan Saunders + Basso & Brooke + McQueen. Lets see how she will develop.

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Another collection of pretty prints?
The best piece is the blue and silver top with the floating skirt.

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I don't care for this collection very much but the print gives an illusion of a smaller waist, it's quite interesting.

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