Call it Valentino on LSD and steroids! Call it visual overload! Call it dizzying!
While I am a big fan of mixing patterns and offering clothes that are designed rather than me too clothes, it is difficult not say that this collection is almost blinding when there is no single “palette cleanser” within a collection. There is actually a concept called too much or possibly... restraint! Mary Katrantzou proves that hands down she is all about more is better but sadly not to her benefit!
There was so much of everything from color to patterns to design flourishes to unneeded accessories to silhouettes and message and especially to the “Sophie” shrug! BTW that refers to the character of Sophie, played by Jennifer Coolidge on the TV program 2 Broke Girls. The element seems to appear as not only a shrug but as a waist/hip flourish as well. Everyone knows I am a fan of leopard print but jeez it all gets very psychedelic if not psychotropic in her hands. One might even say there are references to Ziggy Stardust but hell who knows. I think the reference to Valentino is very apparent but in her hands, it loses the delicacy that Valentino manages to retain and achieve despite the heaps of embellishments.
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Someone might have suggested that a few pieces should have been a bit more tame or just not so over the top as it gets to the point of “what she couldn’t wear she carried!” a few less patterned pieces and even a solid color might have helped this along because after a while they all start to look the same.
BTW, if one wanted to be less than kind, one might say it looks as if Mary went mad on a cutting room floor picking up scraps and challenging herself to assemble a garment!
PS... Someone please explain to me the kerchiefs aka babushkas, the little shirt/polo dresses and various other oddities about this collection?? What happened to those beautifully architectural dresses? Why Prada-size and reference so many others?