Mary Katrantzou Autumn/Winter 2017 Ready to Wear Collection
If it sounds in principle rudimentary, in practice it was enthralling. This being Katrantzou, mistress of the tromp l’oeil, Disney’s characters weren’t heat sealed onto jersey or anything as artless: instead, she reproduced cells from the film in liquid velvet zipped-up mini dresses, wove them into jacquard for entrance-making coats, and literally animated cocktail dresses with fringes of beads that wibbled and wobbled like a shaky picture as the models walked. Add to this the stunning backdrop of a live orchestra? By the time the final looks arrived – printed tulle skirts with crystal embroidery depicting fantastical landscapes, shrouding models to the floor then unexpectedly cut up the back to reveal slim-fit velvet trousers underneath – the audience was on a cloud.