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Mary Katrantzou Balanced Fantasy With Practicality For SS18

Mary Katrantzou has never been one to shy away from intricacies, whether that's the lampshade skirts and digital prints that made her famous, or the sequin embroidery kick that she's currently on.

Indeed, her collaboration with Atelier Swarovski saw precious stones in vivid primary hues encased in geometric patterns, with one of the standout looks of the show being a lime green flapper dress that dazzled as it caught the light.

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Her signature digital prints were also evident, but somewhat pared back and simple in keeping with her inspiration - the arts and crafts of childhood. Giant paint-by-numbers flowers were seen on dresses and skirts, while mismatched polka dots turned up in chic little skirt suits. There were also Perspex Lego building blocks on bags, plus Tetris-like shapes on dangling earrings. The joyful colours of youth were omnipresent - from graduated rainbows to school uniform navy and khaki.

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It wasn't all flowers and sparkles though. This season, she brought a little bit of practicality to her spring offering too, with raincoat nylon playing a major role in bubble hem dresses and cropped sleeve jackets, pulled in with drawstrings before ballooning out.

As the show notes quoted Pablo Picasso, 'every child is an artist.'

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