Mary Katrantzou

Autumn/Winter 2011

Renowned London-based fashion designer Mary Katrantzou is known for her love of color, pattern and complexity—and the designer’s kaleidoscopic collection for Atelier Swarovski reflects Katrantzou’s love of print and her eclectic inspirations. Bright crystals are offset by smooth enamel on bracelets, creating multifaceted pieces that juxtapose colors and textures. Clustered together atop bangles and rings or arranged in a waterfall, the crystals are raised from their settings, allowing light to penetrate them from every angle and an innate brilliance to emerge.

"I wanted to do something refined, light and desirable."

— Mary Katrantzou

Mary Katrantzou was born in Athens to a family well versed in the textile business. She studied in New York and London, focusing from the very beginning on prints and patterns. Her MA collection at Central Saint Martins defined her signature style with enormous pieces of trompe l’oeil jewelry printed onto jersey dresses. Katrantzou has since taken inspiration from eighteenth century society painting, artisan glassware and perfume bottles to pursue her unique vision and exploration of what luxury is, and what it means to wear it.

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