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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mary Me Fast! - Mark Fast/Mary Katrantzou AW10 Show London Fashion Week


Where: Covent Garden, London
When: 3.45pm, 20th February 2010

Mary Katrantzou is getting red hot
Mark Fast stunned with off-blue
Diane Pernet and Alexandra Shulman front row
The rest of Vogue House jumping the queue

There are no words to express how much I love Mark Fast. Say what you will about him, but he makes a woman with a decent body hotter than a ghd straightening iron. Yes he's putting his dresses on models that look like what I can only imagine a giant bratwurst would look like wearing his dress, but whose fault is that? The guy has his niche. There's plenty of other designers who make clothing for any size, but you had to call Mark sexist and now we all have to watch a show half filled with women acting like they feel fabulous in what they've got on tripping in their ankle breaking Louboutins'. Anyway…there is one more thing I think Mark will start getting criticized for pretty soon. That niche I just mentioned. There isn't that much you can do with his knit technique, I predict pretty soon he will start getting the "same old, same old" reviews. I could tell he was already trying to avoid those by opening with something completely different of a poncho, but let's face it, that's not you Marky, you want to see us curvy and reveal every little bit of gorgeousness a woman's body has to offer. And reveal he did. What followed was the Mark Fast we fell in love with, updated with trendy off-colours and multicoloured gemstones. I love what Mark is doing and I hope he continues, he's an imaginative guy and I think to stay afloat he will undoubtedly come up with something else groundbreaking and just as sexy. Check out Mark Fast's new line of undergarments - Faster, if you are like me and can't afford one of his legendary dresses.

Mark Fast AW10 Trends: Off-colours, sexy clothes no matter the size, draped shawls and thin scarves.

Following Mark Fast's impressive display, Mary Katrantzou managed to stun the audience into a silent trance. Her bewitching work with prints was on another level this season with napoleonic medals, regal gems, exquisite lace, lush silks, and mixed materials like fur, leather, exaggerated ruffles and chandelier jewellery over the prints and sheer netting. One look stood out to me for it's comical use of jewellery on a print dress with a sheer fabric where nipples were covered by two seashell pieces of a necklace. These back to back shows were undoubtedly my favourite this season. I spoke to Mary briefly at her exhibition later in the week and she confessed she heard displeased words regarding the organization of the show. Although she was right, entering was an extremely unpleasant experience, with no line formed and everyone hurdled and forced to wait while line jumpers aggravated further…but Mary and Mark made it worth it in the end.

Mary Katrantzou AW10 Trends: Statement jewellery, napoleonic, gemstone and regal prints.

Image Credits:
Images of the collections, from
Image of Sofia Shershunovich in yellow dress, courtesy of S.S.
Image of Diane Pernet in black hat, from
Image of Alexandra Shulman, from

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