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London Fashion Week

Mary Katrantzou SS18

Mary Katrantzou SS18 Getty

"To quote Pablo Picasso, 'every child is an artist.' This collection discovers the artistry in childhood anew," said Mary Katrantzou of her fun-filled Spring/Summer 2018 theme. Entitled 'The 'Youth' Of A Year', Katrantzou went beyond the realms of even an infant’s imagination in creating a crowd-pleasingly colourful line-up that evoked never-ending nostalgia and brought smiles to the faces of the entire front row.

Childhood art forms and objects were reinterpreted into runway-ready pieces, Katrantzou explaining that a rainy afternoon had led to her experimenting couture-like techniques with LEGO and Hama bead prints. Fringed hems that trailed from dresses and skirts, meanwhile, were actually strings of friendship bracelets, and Paint-By-Number flowers imploded in the form of bold, oversized prints.

The designer didn't stop here though. Push past the confinement of the indoors and the outdoors came to play with scale interpreted through the eyes of a child; proportions were blown up via puffball sleeves and drawstring balloon skirts in nylon tent fabrics that conjured up memories of kite-flying and many a family camping trip. All at once, it felt very mundane to be a grown-up.

Shop: Mary Katrantzou