Katrantzou has collaborated with Atelier Swarovski on a fine jewelry collection. She has also partnered with The Swarovski Collective for seven seasons, working together to push the boundaries of textile design.
Katrantzou’s graduation show in 2008 defined her signature style. It featured trompe l’oeil prints of oversized jewelry on jersey dresses, pieces that created the illusion of wearing giant neckpieces that would be too heavy in reality. She also designed real pieces of jewelry made out of wood and metal that were exact replicas of the prints.
“The Power of Style: Verdura at 75” will open October 14 and continue through December 23 at 745 Fifth Ave. in New York. The exhibition will be curated by fashion designer Carolina Herrera and her husband Reinaldo Herrera, longtime friends of di Verdura. Several pieces from their private collection will be on loan to the show, including Verdura compacts that were gifts from her husband.
Summer Fashion: The athletic look is here to stay: sweatshirts and hoodies ruled the runways in the spring and fall collections. I love the juxtaposition of a zip-up terry with a faux jewel brooch. Whimsical and offbeat, it’s a great look for cool summer evenings at the beach.