by Evelina Mavrides
Mary Katrantzou decided to pay tribute to her Greek Roots & History, through her newest collection for the opening of London Fashion Week. Fusing Ancient civilisation and futurism, unearthing Minoan artefacts and giving classic frescoes a brush over with 1960’s pop art, the designer gave Greece a chance to be in the front line of fashion civilisation. Taking a closer look to her designs, you can see the manifest of Greek culture taking all over, chariots riding at an angle across A-line dresses, Sunray striping on narrow trousers and patterns exploding around Grecian vase decoration on the breast of a dress. All that combined with Mary’s neo-classical looks, created something very new, “It was all Greece – I was looking at the Minoan civilisation and doing it in a way that I feel is very genuine to me – not to shy away from print, not to shy away from graphics, nor from silhouettes I’ve done before. I wanted to keep it very true to what it is.” “So there’s an infusion of very optic, kinetic, psychedelic ways of distorting and warping the Minoan deities, priests and all the females of Minoan times,” the designer explained.”There are a lot of images that you find on artefacts. But I was almost trying to warp them in a way that creates a different sense of perspective.”So it’s very graphic,” she continued. “There are elements of texture and almost warrior-like pieces that are made out of linked Perspex.
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