Hail Mary Katrantzou


Several pieces from the recent Spring/Summer 2011 collection.

“I believe we’ve reached a saturation point [in fashion]. The future stopped in the ’60s. Before that, you had everyone looking forward, and now it’s just a tide of people looking back. What I’m really looking forward to is the future.”* Daphne Guinness’ words echo in my head whenever I flip through the newest Fashion Week collections. “Look forward, people! Towards the future!” reverberates loudly in the back of my mind. We are as close to the future as we have ever been, and dwelling on the past is rarely a good thing. So why not approach fashion in the same way?

Mary Katrantzou‘s work feels not only like it looks towards the future, but invents an entirely new visual language. Her radical approach to creating clothes sets her apart from her contemporaries. Her past four collections were outwordly influenced by the classic art mediums of painting, photography, interior and furniture design (her mother once owned a furniture factory), but are warped with modern technology. Katrantzou manipulated the traditional methods to create a technological collage of colour and pattern. A major contributor to the uprising of digital print onto clothing, Mary is definitely looking forward.


Autumn/Winter 2009 Ready to Wear
Simplified images of perfume bottles was Katrantzou’s motif for this collection, though digitalized into abstraction.
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The Weeks of Dasha

The first time I watched an episode of The Weeks of Dasha it was December 10, 2010. Week 49. “Nightmares” was the title, and in the episode, a figure clad in stripes and a death-stare chases the fictional Dasha Romanova (in an Elin Sundling gown) through a forest, to music by a band fittingly dubbed Mr. Death. The short film was eerie and unsettling. Nightmarish. And all I wanted to do was watch more.

The Weeks of Dasha is a series of fashion films created by director Emil Klang. Released every Friday morning at 10 a.m. since January, 2010, the series follows a girl named Dasha through her first year living alone in Stockholm. The website calls the series a “non-commercial experimental fashion film project,” and each short episode is like a moving editorial spread – but the viewer never feels pushed to make a purchase. The Weeks of Dasha is like an escape to some other world, or into someone else’s head; everything is surreal and nothing quite makes sense.

- Stephanie Fereiro

Christmas Sweaters by Smart Design Mart

There is no shortage of crafty love here at WORN, hence our current crush on Montreal’s Smart Design Mart team. Made up of a bunch of close friends all running their own creative businesses making diverse items like moustache clocks, fringe necklaces, UFO snakes and ladders, leather books that look like wood, and dead rabbit rings, they come together a few times a year to present their very own curated independent art and design show: Smart Design Mart. Vastly different from other Montreal shows, Smart Design Mart allows contributors enough space to build their own tightly curated mini boutiques that focus on high quality, original work. The show will also include a live art instillation, a full bar, and great music for those not in the shopping mood. In the holiday spirit, the five have been gracious enough to each design a fantastical Christmas sweater reflecting their style, from gothic and minimal to lovably tacky.

THE MARC SIMARD AND ANGIE JOHNSON SWEATERS

“Marc and I got together to create a non-traditional take on the Christmas sweater. Traditional motifs used in unconventional ways…”

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