Friday, February 10, 2012

Mary Katrantzou for Topshop - Gorgeous! (Updated with Launch)

Image from Topshop
Update 2/16/12 8:00pm pacific: The collection is up for sale at As much as I love the dress pictured above, it's $700 which is just out of my budget for a dress I may only wear a few times. Despite the price tag (which isn't that bad relative to not only her mainline as well as any contemporary collection you'd find at Barneys or Neimans and way cheaper than the designer collections), I had it in my cart and almost pulled the trigger several times. After an hour or so, my size sold out anyway, so I lost my chance and I am still a bit wistful about it. I probably would have bought it if I still lived in New York; its just a little much for my LA lifestyle. I ended up ordering the tunic dress instead, will post pics when it arrives...
One collaboration that I've truly been intrigued by since I heard about it a few months back was Mary Katrantzou's collaboration with Topshop, which launches this month. I first took notice of Mary Katrantzhou during the SS 2012  Fashion Week (some breathtakingly beautiful pieces available now at Barneys), followed by a small spread in Vogue; I think she's really original with her fun silhouettes and mix and match use of vibrant, grandma's china-ish prints. She creates all her prints on a computer, carefully layering various prints and patterns for a coherent piece of fabric that is seriously like a work of art. Makes my Hermes scarves look pretty ordinary. Though I'm not sure I would actually be able to pull it off, I love everything about this amazing Mary Katrantzou x Topshop balloon dress from the collaboration pictured above. It's such a statement dress, a true collectable piece of art. Too bad there's no Topshop in LA!
Silk tunic dress that I ordered. Love the very Mary Katrantzou print with the flowers and enormous bird. Can't wait to see it in person! Image from
Love this long sleeve dress, but it was sold out by the time I got online, first dress to sell out (or maybe it was never uploaded, as it's the only dress that says "back in stock next week). Actual dress is slightly different than this version though, I prefer this version.  Tunic dress might be more wearable in the long run though. Image from
Separately, I can't believe it's NYFW already again! I'm so not ready to look at fall clothes, particularly as I haven't even figured out my spring wardrobe yet. I've seen images from a couple of shows but nothing that I've loved, I will post my favorites from my favorite designers as they come.

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