Last week Snap Fashion were enough to meet the extremely talented designer, Mary Katrantzou.
Before meeting Mary, I would would have called her a fashion designer, but listening to her talk I discovered that clothes are not the only thing she has in her vast design repertoire. She has created all sorts from lampshades to ballet costumes and is currently in the process of collaborating with Adidas to design trainers, so be sure to save your pennies as your feet will not want to miss out on these beauties!
Now for a whistle stop tour of her action packed life…
Mary Katrantzou was born in Athens in 1983 to an interior designer mother and a father who was a textile designer. So lets face it, design was her destiny. However, she has had an interesting time getting there, taking several detours along the way before reaching her current destination. The most significant was probably her trip to America to study Architecture, which she re-routed to London when she decided to transfer to Central St Martins and finish her degree, only in Textile Design, not architecture. Such a brave, and some may thing slightly mad, decision. I don’t know about you, but I am so glad she did it – I hate to think what the fashion industry would be like without her beautiful clothes and inspirational words. After she graduated, Mary began her long and successful journey into the land of women’s wear, this time deciding to stay on at Central St Martins where, inspired by the female form, she completed an MA in women’s wear and achieved nothing less than a distinction – her second from this world renowned design school.
Since then, Mary has been involved in countless astonishingly inspiring and gorgeous projects, both for her own line and working collaboratively alongside a whole load of big names. I am not going to make you jealous by listing all of the amazing things she has done or achieved, but instead here are a few to inspire you. She has produced not one, not two, but three collections for Topshop, the most recent of which sold out in a record breaking 10 minutes. That’s three times faster than Glastonbury, just to put it into perspective! You may or may not have heard of them, but her client list includes the likes of Beyoncé and Rihanna! Not bad people to have on your CV! She has also won a bunch of awards, far too long to list, but I suspect you may have got where I am going with this.
So, how did she get from selling eight dresses, one pair of trousers and a jacket on a single rail to being stocked in over 200 shops! Mary puts it down to three things. Alongside hard work and focus, she cites fearlessness as one of the key components of her success. Generously inspiring, Mary also shared some of her top tips and personal mantras with us, so get your pen and paper ready as you wont want to miss these:
-Uncertainty is exciting, don’t fear it.
-Natural evolution is key, so let your imagination run wild!
-Reassess at every step.
and finally, my favourite and probably Mary’s most valuable piece of advice:
– You’re not running the 100 meters, you’re running a marathon, so pace yourself and don’t worry about finding inspiration because it can and will come from anywhere, just be sure to always have an open mind.
Be inspired and shop Mary’s latest collection here