So, I can’t claim to have met the woman, since I have yet to do so. However, season upon season I find myself acquiring at least one Mary Katrantzou piece that is channeling some interesting art movement. I finally felt the need to do my due diligence before I went swaggering any further in one of her gorgeous Resort 2015 designs. “What’s the backstory?” I asked sensational stylist Shari Schmeltzer when she suggested I don a glittery, text-printed Mary Katrantzou dress to an Art Museum gala. “It’s like Alighiero e Boetti, or Mel Bochner meets Mickalene Thomas,” I continued, before she could even reply. Sure enough, it turns out this Greek goddess of a designer (she really is Greek) utilized hypergraphic digital prints and Baroque embroidery to create her artistic textiles. This particular season, Mary was inspired by fairy tales and Disney movies. I was going to channel Tinker Bell at the gala! Though every good story needs a little fairy dust, as Shari was quick to point out, I was concerned I may need Cinderella’s lady-in-waiting to clean up the glitter trail I would be leaving everywhere. We ultimately decided the potential mess was well worth it. I was, in fact, a walking conversation piece in my letter dress. Rumor has it Mary went to the archives to tap sources like Maxfield Parrish and graphic designer Milton Glaser. Regardless, I was telling some magical story, even if fellow guests couldn’t quite figure out what it was. It was an enchanted evening indeed.
Xx Lottie Dottie
Mary Katrantzou
marykatrantzou.com

Available at Bergdorf Goodman
Attn: Shari Schmeltzer
754 Fifth Avenue
New York City
800-558-1855
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