Thursday, 10 October 2013

#11. Style Bubble

It was a little saddening to read the reviews to Mary Katrantzou's S/S 14 shoe shoes collection.  It didn't seem so long ago that I had asked the young graduate from Central Saint Martins to borrow one of her dresses from her MA collection to wear around Paris because I was so fixated by her way with digital printed trompe l'oeil.  From then on it was a fast and upwards ascent that saw her business grow dramatically and her collections grow in acclaim.  She was the digital print golden girl who could do no wrong.  This season there were pleas to "Turn off that computer" from both Suzy Menkes and Sarah Mower.  Tim Blanks noted the "shrug of familiarity" from the show going audience.  The general consensus seemed to be that because Katrantzou has spawned countless copyists, her digital print work needed to be taken to another level or that she needed to innovate.  No critic could put their finger on what this "game-changing innovation" should be but that they all found something lacking was abundantly clear

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