Answering the age-old question, 'Is there anything you can’t turn into a print?' Mary Katrantzou based her Spring/Summer 2014 collection on footwear. A halter-neck dress with brown close-up motifs of a brogue opened the show, which soon graduated into poppy trainer prints paired with floral pieces. 'If there’s a brogue print on your dress,' someone enquired mid-show, 'does that make it more formal than a dress with a trainer print?' According to Katrantzou, yes it did, and as brogue print dresses were replaced by sporty trainer print separates that fact became all the more evident.
Before it had even begun, the show was something of a game changer for Katrantzou, marking her first season working with Panos Yiapanis and her first season under the formidable PR wing of Karla Otto. Maybe that’s why she gave it all it could take in a final segment of evening dresses done in collaboration with Lesage. They didn’t have anything to do with shoes, but the way they were printed, embroidered and ornamented to no end, they weren’t too dissimilar to some of the crazier shoes women’s fashion has seen over the past couple of years.