fashion: Helmut newton photography on a dress? It can only be london fashion week.

22 Sep

For her first stand-alone show, Mary Katrantzou came up with a remarkable concept so dazzling, so artful, but so elementary that it made you wonder why no one else had attempted it.

She’d been looking at the highly stylized seventies photography of Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin when it occurred to her that the interiors in the pictures were just as important as the models. “With this collection, I wanted to put the room on the woman, rather than the woman in the room,” Katrantzou said after the show. You could say Hussein Chalayan attempted something similar ten years ago, but his pieces were elements of a conceptual performance, while Katrantzou’s were desirable clothes to be worn. The fact that they were also surreal masterpieces of the digital printer’s craft only made them more seductive.

We only wish she did menswear too. Now that’s a shirt we’d buy for cruise next SS/11.



2 Responses to “fashion: Helmut newton photography on a dress? It can only be london fashion week.”

  1. Tea la mode September 22, 2010 at 00:31 #

    WOW this really is an eye-catching collection its stunning! great post keep up the lovely work:)

    • amarige panache September 24, 2010 at 23:08 #

      Thanks llm . . . some great looks came out of London this season . .

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