When it comes to making far-out prints look super chic, you can always count on Mary Katrantzou. The Greece-born, London-based designer was trained in textile engineering, and has been experimenting with surreal, digitized motifs since she was a still student at Central Saint Martins over ten years ago. For her fall 2017 collection, she took her signature prints to another level, using scenes and characters from Disney’s Fantasia on an array of dreamy cocktail dresses, luxe evening coats, and beautiful double-breasted jackets that were unveiled on the runway at London fashion week.
The 1940 classic, you’ll probably remember, is comprised of several wondrous animated vignettes set to classical music. Katrantzou took inspiration from the fifth vignette in Fantasia, titled “Pastoral Symphony” with music by Beethoven. The vignette depicts a mythical festival populated by centaurs, cupids, mermaids, and pixies, which is cut short by a feud between Zeus and Bacchus, the god of wine. In other words, it’s very trippy, and destined to end up on your Instagram explore page.
In typical Katrantzou fashion, the designer introduced a three-dimensional element to the prints, setting them on rich velvets and metallic fabrics and embroidering them with crystals and beads. While this collection might sound like the least wearable thing in the world, it actually isn’t. Comics aside, Katrantzou elevated each look by adopting ’40s-inspired silhouettes like strong shoulders, nipped in waists, and thigh-skimming skirts. With that in mind, it wouldn’t be surprising to see these pieces eventually pop up on the red carpet.
In fact, some of the floor-sweeping gowns would be perfect for 2017’s fashion-forward Oscar nominees like Ruth Negga and Emma Stone. Embroidered with spangled Tinkerbells and sparkly centaurs, these eye-catching gowns would surely make our best-dressed list.
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