Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mary Katrantzou for Topshop + NEWGEN tees

Dress, £350, by Mary Katrantzou for Topshop
Shift dress, £150, and leggings, £40
T-shirt, £50, and leggings, £40
Dress, £180
Blouse, £80, and trousers, £130

Why Topshop, you spoil us. Not one, but two launches tomorrow! Yes, Friday 17th February, the start of London Fashion Week, brings one of the most exciting designer collaborations of the year: Mary Katrantzou for Topshop. Plus, Topshop's NEWGEN T-shirt collection designed by the cream of London talent goes on sale, too.

First, let's talk about Mary. Her prints have led the way on the catwalks to make this season's print explosion one of the biggest trends of spring/summer. You won't have missed her designs. Worn by Alexa Chung, Keira Knightley and Anna Dello Russo to name but a few, they're bright, bold and exquisitely beautiful, much like works of art.

And, like collectable artworks, they come at a price - her dresses are in the thousands. But, thanks to Topshop, you can own a piece of Mary Katrantzou for just £40.

The nine-piece collection is based on Katrantzou's a/w 2011 catwalk collection, inspired by objets d'art. As well as the items pictured above, there's also a strapless dress for £300 and a scarf in the same print as the trousers for £60.

But it's the limited-edition, boned, bowl-skirted dress (as worn by Poppy Delevingne at Monday's ELLE Style Awards) that is the star of the collection. Only a few have been made, so it's well worth the £350 price tag as you won't see everyone else wearing it. Not to mention it's a veritable bargain compared to Katrantzou's mainline pieces.

If you love her prints, look out for Katrantzou's collaboration with luxury accessories brand Longchamp, too. Her prints adorn the brand's classic bags - the canvas and leather tote for £315 is sure to be a sell-out.

Onto Topshop's NEWGEN T-shirt collection...

Mary Katrantzou
Jonathan Saunders
JW Anderson
Marios Schwab
Holly Fulton
Gareth Pugh
Erdem
Christopher Kane
PHOTOGRAPHS TOPSHOP

OMG, there's so many to choose from. Twenty in fact. Marking 10 years of supporting young British talent, Topshop asked its NEWGEN alumni to each design a limited-edition tee.

These include another floral confection by Mary Katrantzou, a lace-collared design by Erdem and a sexy T-shirt dress by Marios Schwab. All T-shirts are £30, with £7 from each sale going towards charity Centrepoint. So, which one(s) will you buy?

10 comments:

  1. Unfortunately most of Mary Katrantzou for Topshop has been snapped up by pesky retailers where they are selling her dresses in particular for upwards of £700!!!

    Ridiculous! The average girl on the street didn't stand a chance! x

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    1. Hi Juicy Satsuma,

      I agree, it was a shame to see so many pieces end up on eBay. At those prices though, buyers might as well buy a piece from Mary Katrantzou's mainline collection.

      Bargainista Fashionista x x x

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  2. I thought I'd be all over the Pugh tshirt, but I find myself falling for the summer florals instead, Erdem, Schwab and Anderson

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    1. Hi Madame G,

      Erdem, Marios Schwab and JW Anderson were among my favourites, too.

      I particularly liked the belted detail with the Schwab tee as you could remove it and replace with another belt for a different look.

      Bargainista Fashionista x x x

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  3. I love the leggings and top from the Mary Katrantzou collection! Such a shame my size was out of stock already when I checked at 9am this morning! Either way I love it all! Can't wait to get my hands on one of those tshirts when I've been paid I'm thinking the Jonathan Saunders one to wear with wet-look leggings:)

    http://hannahlouise13691.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Blanc,

      The Jonathan Saunders design also comes as a sweat top for £40!

      Bargainista Fashionista x x x

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  4. Loved the Mary Katrantzou but apparently unless you sleep on the pavement outside the shop, your chances of scoring are nil. I'm not much for sleeping rough....maybe when I was eighteen....

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    1. Hi Highland Fashionista,

      No need to sleep on the pavement! I rocked up five minutes before Topshop Oxford Circus opened. There was about 50 people waiting and the rails did get stripped pretty fast once the store opened, but I was able to shop the collection and try some of the pieces on, too.

      Bargainista Fashionista x x x

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  5. Love the Mary bits, right up my pipe!! Such beautiful prints. And just new i would love the Erdem Tee, shall def be treating myself to that one!!!XXX

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    1. Hi Sallytangle,

      The Erdem tee was the one I got! It's beautiful.

      Bargainista Fashionista x x x

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