Mary Katrantzou’s latest collection – bringing together her eponymous line and Mary Mare (her “year-round resort” offering at 2020) – was inspired by Her life was shaped by a deeply personal event: the baptism of her son. But here you didn’t find a collection of dainty white lace and babydoll silhouettes; Instead, the designer repeated the table setting she designed for the christening “afterparty.”
“It all started because I was designing the primary color plates on the kids play mat. , for the table art we did for the christening,” she said on Zoom from her Greek studio Said. The prints themselves are taken from her custom ceramics—you can see its set design in the styling booklet. She also borrows details from other decorative pieces; the “perforated stripes,” which have become a common motif, are a reinterpretation of the frilly edges of postage stamps.
The red set features a mix of flowers and butterflies combined with a scalloped pattern inspired by a small bread and butter dish. A loose tunic silhouette made it look deliberately relaxed, while a long-sleeved mini dress was fun and youthful. In the blue group, floral prints playfully paired with butterflies, starfish and turtles transformed into elegant maxi dresses with floral beaded trim at the neckline—the epitome of glamorous resort dressing. Other highlights include a simple shirt dress and a “collage” printed robe that brings together all primary floral prints, and a pleated striped skirt and matching swimsuit that really captures the carefree summer vibe .
Katrantzou has a healthy business of occasion wear, and in the yellow group, a silk bias-cut slip dress with a beaded pattern of yellow flowers and butterflies on the chest would suffice’1950, while the mint green silk gown with garden-style trim on the chest recalls the simple yet opulent ball gowns of 90 and
“Our bespoke business has actually been growing exponentially. Our fashion show at the Temple of Poseidon was our first foray into haute couture In couture, we have had a lot of clients come to us during COVID and they have been inspired by the collection, which has allowed us to design a lot of pieces for them,” she said. “I think the collection bridges the two, you know, it’s evening, but it’s still a more democratically priced ready-to-wear offering.”