Mary Katrantzou Spring 2020

Mary Katrtantzou set the bar high for her spring 2020 show — a little too high, some would say.
Just like she managed to make the impossible possible when it came to securing her dream show venue – the historic Temple of Poseidon in Athens – the Greek-born designer delivered a standout couture collection that was bursting with emotion, ideas and elevated construction techniques.
It was admirable that she was able to execute everything at such scale, on a tight budget and with a small team at her north London atelier. Her talent, conviction – and many a sleepless night – certainly paid off.
The collection consisted of 30 looks, each exploring a different couture technique and conceptualizing a philosophical idea birthed in Greece at the same time as the temple of Poseidon was built, in 440 B.C.
The first model – in a sequinned and fringed column gown with a quote from Socrates embroidered on it – made her way down the runway against the ancient ruins, sending a frisson through the crowd. The dim lighting and eerie music added to the electricity in the space.
What followed was an explosion of creativity, with Katrantzou paying homage to her country’s history – and writing a new

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The designer looked to playing cards — in all their colorful, patterned glory — for this collection filled with classic shapes meant for a range of climates, and a riot of swirls, hearts, leaves and florets.
There was a big focus on daywear, including a sweet jacquard minidress with chunky pearls dotted around the neckline. A Forties-style one with a pussy bow and ruching on the bodice had floral and leaf patterns while a loose printed shirt dress had a scarf hemline.
There were more languid dresses, too, made for poolside cocktails, including a long sleeveless jacquard one with swirling patterns, another with long sleeves and a curling leaf pattern done in red, white and navy. Other silk dresses were printed with abstract ladies’ hands — their nails painted red — holding a set of cards.
For cooler climes, Katrantzou designed tweedy dresses and jackets with flower-shaped buttons dotted down the front, and fox fur stoles in intense shades of royal blue or orangey-red.

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Mary Katrantzou, Adidas Launch Second Capsule Collection

EIGHTIES EDGE: “I’m an Eighties baby, and it was amazing to just go back and look at all of these aerobics classes and the Seoul Olympics and just take symbols from that,” said Mary Katrantzou at the launch party in London for her second capsule collection for Adidas Originals. “We started thinking about symbolism and how we can take that within the context of Adidas. But also the silhouettes — there are little tennis dresses and diving suits and track tops so I thought that was a fun spin on the idea of symbols.” The party took place on the rooftop of Snap Studios in East London, with totem poles made by Katrantzou and the prop designer Richard Storey and adorned with the designer’s prints.
Katrantzou used collages made from sports items including a stopwatch, a tennis racket and a badminton shuttlecock for the 24-piece collection. Pieces include a structured T-shirt adorned with patches and crystals, a reversible varsity jacket, a crepe tank dress, leggings, tracksuit bottoms, boyfriend T-shirts, boy shorts, jersey swimsuits and footwear. Katrantzou also put a holographic spin on footwear with bold patterns and floral jacquards.
Prices range from 70 euros, or $ 76, for a graphic print tank to

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