Spring 11: Mary Katrantzou

Looking at seventies photos from Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin, Mary Katrantzou had a stroke of genius.  “With this collection, I wanted to put the room on the woman, rather than the woman in the room,”  she told Style.com after her show.  Photos from old Architectural Digest and World of Interiors sit with razor-sharp precision  on tailored dresses.  To all this, tromp l’oille details are added.  Opened curtains flank a skirt and reveal a posh living room. Candelabras serve as necklaces, and lampshades create pretty skirts with fringe.  The effect is sometimes sleek, modern and 70’s, and sometimes Baroque and opulent,  but somehow always accessible and totally wearable.