New York Fashion Week is over and fashionistas are now flocking to the other fashion capitals of the world to check out the shows they have to offer. One of the most anticipated shows at London Fashion Week was Mary Katrantzou. There’s been talk in the fashion industry that prints have gotten so crazy and have been used so much that designers will start moving away from them, but Kantantzou aimed to prove this theory wrong. A master of digital printing since finishing her education at Central Saint Martins in 2008, the designer pushed printing even further than she has before. Using old stamps and banknotes as the bulk of her prints, she engineered the patterns to be placed on pantsuits, shirtdresses, and sheaths to best flatter the body.
Not only has Kantrantzou mastered her use of prints on shapes of all kinds, but she’s pushing the envelope with other techniques too. The finale pieces at her show involved an almost unfathomable amount of dedication and work, but she and her team made it happen anyway. She consulted with an expert in stained-glass windows in order to print on glass beads. This Swarovski printed mesh, paired with brocades that the designer also created for the first time, led to one of the most luxurious, enchanting moments on the catwalk at London Fashion Week.