Highlights from yesterday’s shows: Mary Katrantzou‘s surprisingly stylish take on plate tectonics and primordial ooze, plus a quirky, off-kilter riff on the “faded glamour of the British seaside” from Topshop Unique.
Katrantzou’s muted palettes and restrained silhouettes serve as the perfect foil to her lavish inspiration: Paleozoic planet Earth. Brilliant, technically challenging constructions support her collection’s theme with an intelligence that’s outstanding, even in a sea of superstar peers.
Tectonic plates have never looked so alluring.
Algae blooms and coral reefs are downright ladylike rendered in embroidered lace.
Katrantzou makes evolution look good with whimsical renderings of well-clad reptiles literally having a ball.
On the other end of the intellectual spectrum, the girls of the Topshop Unique collection can’t get away from their textbooks fast enough. Who has time for geologic history when there are parties to hit? The collection is a giddy mashup of ’60s-inspired ruffles and sportswear, with a healthy dose of ’80s glam thrown in for good measure.
It girl Cara Delevingne opened the show with a vintage-inspired look that’s half cocktail party and half après ski.
Graphic stripes, color blocking and retro silhouettes evoke Brighton summers back when.
Party dresses with chiffon and ruffles closed the show on a note so frothy that it stopped just shy of sarcastic.
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–Amy Leigh Morgan