Topshop are excited to announce the launch of the eagerly awaited first capsule collection with Mary Katrantzou for Spring Summer 2012.
Taking its cue from Mary’s AW11 mainline range whilst keeping the Topshop girl in mind, the nine piece collection focuses on Mary’s trademark vibrant prints and elements of structure. Opulent fantastical prints developed exclusively for Topshop in paradisiacal shades are inspired by the intricate detailing found on prised possessions. Hyper vivid crystal flower brooches, lacquered Coromandel screens and Qing Long Dynasty floral motif china dazzle on satins, silks and jersey. These prints are then collaged together and engineered around the female form into different shapes including Mary’s signature porcelain bowl-inspired skirted party dresses, tailored trousers, and easy-to-wear pieces such as leggings, a t-shirt and a tunic dress.
Statement, stand-out pieces include the ‘Pheasant Dream’ dress, floral china Ming vase skirt, sleeveless sheer button-back georgette blouse with a scattering of jewel-encrusted flower brooches upon it, and the ‘Goldbird’ silk tunic which proudly boasts a gem-filled gold bird perching on a photo-real hydrangea nest.
Bringing the English country garden indoors, expect to see lots of Dainty carnations twirl across deep blue jersey leggings and simple tee shapes.
Focusing on the idea of layering and combining prints as seen on Mary’s catwalk, items can be worn together for the ultimate head-to-toe Mary Katrantzou for Topshop look.
“It’s very exciting to work with Topshop for our third range together. They’ve been so supportive of my work from the very beginning and this range will be the most ambitious one we’ve done and the most fun! My idea behind the collaboration was to design for the Topshop girl a range that is as close to the aesthetic of my mainline as possible, with great control over the quality of design and production. I can’t wait to see the Topshop girls in the bowl dresses and for the most daring to see them try the print on print layering!”