Bowlin’ It

Bowlin’ It

Grazia got the big reveal this week on the full Mary Katrantzou for Topshop collection and now the images will most likely spread wildfire in a similar fashion to the bowl dress that was somewhat leaked back in October.  The incredulous reaction isn't of course over the fact that Mary Katrantzou has done a collaboration for Topshop but that it is so full and rich and in someways ever closer to her mainline collection.  I got to roadtest the collection a couple weeks ago but due to a technical glitch with my SD card, the only pics that I have are of the stand out bowl dress.  That's somewhat fitting seeing as it is the piece that got me incredibly excited initially, and the bulk of the pics I did here were about getting that extreme shape and saturated colour and print out into the "real world" of N7 in Holloway and dressing it down so that it seems that the bowl skirt with gold fish swimming around on it, feels like the most natural thing in the world.  Which it was.  Nobody batted an eyelid, other than at the fact that I was bare legged on a freezing day.  It was a perfect pitch of exhuberance that is exactly the sort of outfit you'd want to retaliate against the grey and the mundane.  The ¬£350 price tag is either scarily good or just scary depending on your point of view.  I'm going with scarily good given that Mary Katrantzou's mainline dresses do run into five figures.  What's better was that this well-shot, well-worn sample had all the neat finishing, print placement and construction, that I'd expect from Topshop's higher-rung collabs (in line with what David Koma did for toppers).

The technical glitch might have resulted in a post entirely focused on this bowl dress but looking at the other pieces – the printed satin trousers, the slubby tees, the buttoned up chiffon shirts and leggings – they're all no-brainer print-on-print pieces.  It's the sort of stuff where you'd want to buy two or more pieces so that they're naturally go together in a sea of florals that are very distinctly Katrantzou, despite their casual shapes.  

Apologies if I've subliminally or not-so subliminally sent out the message that everyone needs a satin bowl shaped dress adorned with flora and fish in their lives.  Look into my eyes, look into my eyes… get yourself bowled up come February 17th when the collection drops.











(Worn with vintage gem-encrusted jacket, Mother of Pearl navy leather parka, Monki floral parka and Prada pink jumper, J.W. Anderson bearded shoes throughout)


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  1. Brigadeiro

    2012-02-10 at 12:48 PM

    I was just checking out the pics on the Topshop website and am UBER excited about this! So jealous you have the bowl dress already 😉 Loved it with everything you teamed it with! Just wondering what my chances will be like of actually securing a piece, hopefully not too bad 🙂

  2. Brigadeiro

    2012-02-10 at 12:49 PM
  3. Kate

    2012-02-10 at 12:56 PM

    Awww that’s where I used to live…sigh…you look great!

  4. PSbyDila

    2012-02-10 at 1:00 PM

    Amazing outfit, love the dress!“>‚Äù>

  5. the style crusader

    2012-02-10 at 1:02 PM

    IT’S SO GOOD! Love it with the grey t-shirt underneath.xx

  6. Tasha

    2012-02-10 at 1:12 PM

    Great dress, and I love your shoes haah they’re so cute 🙂 x

  7. Lucy

    2012-02-10 at 1:19 PM

    Sooo good!! I do wonder what it’s like to sit down in though.. Adore it with the grey marl tee and floral jacket and the supermarket shots are amazing!!! Sadly I wont be able to afford it, but wish I could! xxx

  8. Miss Red Socks

    2012-02-10 at 1:22 PM

    I think this collection is fantastic. Very much in Mary’s spirit so the common fashionista can really get the taste of the real deal. The prints are amazing and I can see myself wearing the silk dress and the blouse. Still with a ¬£150+ price tag so I probably won’t be able to afford it but I’m looking forward to seeing some brave print on the streets of London this spring.

  9. theitgirl

    2012-02-10 at 1:53 PM

    Gorgeous dress! Loved the other pieces that Grazia featured this week as well.

  10. Not Just A Pretty Dress

    2012-02-10 at 1:57 PM

    I just posted about the look-book as well! I was so curious to understand the fit of this dress and I’m so glad that you show us how easy it could be to wear it even to go to the fish market!

  11. Jo Two Left Feet

    2012-02-10 at 1:58 PM

    Ahhh I wish that this dress would look good on me! Damn being bottom heavy :(.
    you look fabulous though, love the print.
    Jo x

  12. Mary

    2012-02-10 at 2:37 PM

    I love the shots in the corner shop. Mary Katrantzou is one of my favourite designers and I’m happy that she’s collaborated with Topshop. Once the collection has launched it will be just like the Christopher Kane gorilla dress all over again.

  13. Iris Verschoor

    2012-02-10 at 3:29 PM

    That dress is amazing and the photos look great

  14. Joy

    2012-02-10 at 3:32 PM

    i ABSOLUTELY freaking love this. great to start off a fri morning with such great news.

  15. Serdane

    2012-02-10 at 3:33 PM

    Beautiful dress. Perfect must have for chearing us up now !

  16. MalanB‚Ñ¢ (@malanb)

    2012-02-10 at 4:13 PM

    I love this dress especially the print. My favorite pairing is the Mary Katrantzou dress with the Mother of Pearl navy leather parka. Fabulous photos

  17. shesaidsomething

    2012-02-10 at 4:35 PM

    Ms. B and Katrantzou, forgive me but I may swoon. What a divine combination. I hope they (Topshop) just cuts the crap and gives you the whole collection. That is a match (hah, pun not intended!) made in heaven. Love this

  18. Sean

    2012-02-10 at 5:51 PM

    great photos, you wear this so well!~

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  19. Material Fixations

    2012-02-10 at 6:12 PM

    I’ve seen the pictures of this collection, but it’s somehow more breath taking to see them on someone real (not that models are fake but you know wat I mean). My favorite is the one with he leather jacket, showing of the dresses perfect shape and constrasting appropriatly with it’s exuberant colorfulness.

  20. Srushti Chavan

    2012-02-10 at 6:13 PM

    The collection is like a blast of freshness.And it looks even cuter on you. We at the SABBS London love it.

  21. Haidee

    2012-02-10 at 6:14 PM

    So pretty 🙂
    Love it

  22. mrdavidPOP

    2012-02-10 at 7:48 PM

    Love the images! Susie gets the bus….really? The colors and prints are amazing they reflect so well in that corner shop. Mary K has it going onnnnn!

  23. Maya

    2012-02-10 at 9:06 PM

    Wow, I love the dress with the Monki floral parka. I love the idea of Mary Katrantzou doing a more reasonably priced collaboration, but one that maintains good quality, unlike many of the collaborations that we’ve seen with Target and H&M. I can’t wait for the collection to hit stores…

  24. Tara India

    2012-02-10 at 10:03 PM

    Cannot wait for the Topshop collection – I have been excited about it for months because the pieces seem just so similar to the main Katrantzou line! Absolutely HAVE to get my hands on some of it! xox

  25. Dorian Gray!

    2012-02-10 at 10:06 PM

    so lovelyyyyyy this outfit!!!

  26. Jasmine

    2012-02-10 at 10:26 PM

    Geez I cannot wait for this collection to hit topshop. Love the prints and I hope I can sccore a piece before they’re sold out!!

  27. Honey fashion is coming

    2012-02-10 at 10:27 PM

    funny outfit!

  28. Lola

    2012-02-10 at 10:42 PM

    This is the one piece that I am SO SO excited about, remember seeing the oics on twitter and then reading all about it on your blog, this highstreet-collaboration is definitely one that comes so unbelievably close to the mainline collection! you look lovely in it, love it teamed with the chunky knit in the last shot XX

  29. jenny (penniless zen)

    2012-02-11 at 12:21 AM

    I love this. If this were an editorial in a magazine, I would buy the magazine just for this. I especially enjoy the styling in the first and last photos.

  30. jenny (penniless zen)

    2012-02-11 at 12:23 AM

    I agree with the point that it’s more breathtaking to see them on someone real.

  31. Mary

    2012-02-11 at 2:35 AM

    Oh it’s beautiful. I wish that I could afford this dress but ah well. You look amazing in it Susie! Love the photos.

  32. Raphaëlle Lavielle

    2012-02-11 at 9:36 AM

    I love the combo with the pink knit in the last snapshot. And how unique are the places you chose, it makes this dress look even more precious and yet somewhat wild.


    2012-02-11 at 12:27 PM

    So beautiful dress, the girl looking so cute…
    I’ll gift this one to my girlfriend…!!
    thanks for sharing…

  34. slimbykings

    2012-02-11 at 2:26 PM

    you are just wonderful!

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    2012-02-11 at 6:20 PM

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  36. Aliquot & Amble

    2012-02-11 at 7:04 PM

    What a nice change to see the dress in the “real world”. Just curious, how tall are you, Susie? (Being the shorty that I am, I feel like the dress will likely hit lower on the leg for me.) And did you find you had to be more careful when you sat down with this dress?

  37. Aliquot & Amble

    2012-02-11 at 7:04 PM

    What a nice change to see the dress in the “real world”. Just curious, how tall are you, Susie? (Being the shorty that I am, I feel like the dress will likely hit lower on the leg for me.) And did you find you had to be more careful when you sat down with this dress?

  38. Aliquot & Amble

    2012-02-11 at 7:04 PM

    What a nice change to see the dress in the “real world”. Just curious, how tall are you, Susie? (Being the shorty that I am, I feel like the dress will likely hit lower on the leg for me.) And did you find you had to be more careful when you sat down with this dress?

  39. Aliquot & Amble

    2012-02-11 at 7:04 PM

    What a nice change to see the dress in the “real world”. Just curious, how tall are you, Susie? (Being the shorty that I am, I feel like the dress will likely hit lower on the leg for me.) And did you find you had to be more careful when you sat down with this dress?

  40. genevieve

    2012-02-11 at 7:24 PM

    This skirt is stunning, it really works in daily wear. amazing

  41. Suzi

    2012-02-12 at 9:21 AM

    The two words that spell the name of a print genius-Mary Katrantzou.
    Another brilliant post Susie!
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  42. Sissi

    2012-02-12 at 10:31 AM

    I think you’re great!! Thanks for the wonderful pictures!


    2012-02-12 at 12:57 PM

    The last combination is my favourite – that Prada jumper completes an outfit of some of the most amazing brands out there today! Topshop is so clever to have supported all the right people from the very start, I want to know who’s behind their decision-making! You’re right about the price – a little steep for something still sporting a Topshop label, but it’s so close to the real thing it just about makes sense, and the print is absolutely incredible anyway. Hope you’re having fun in NYC, if I was there right now you’d probably find me in Thom Browne rather than any of the shows at NYFW!
    P.S. do you live in Islington as well?!

  44. Bug

    2012-02-12 at 8:38 PM

    I saw the Grazia spread, but this is so much more beautiful on. I especially love the pairing with the OTT cardi – they were made for each other!
    Bug @ Bugwear

  45. Evie

    2012-02-12 at 9:38 PM

    I want your Dress! Do I have permission to steal it?

  46. sal

    2012-02-13 at 9:48 AM

    i LOVE your dress and that leather jacket..and that pink cardi as well actually. I think I would like all of them thank you. xx

  47. oyuki

    2012-02-13 at 3:09 PM

    Cute as a button. I love the dress and how you combine it with the shoes…I’d like to bag one for me.

  48. Annie

    2012-02-15 at 8:16 PM

    I love how this dress sits perfectly on you.
    What I love even more is that you’re taking pictures in a grocery store. 🙂
    Do you have a friend take pictures for your blog? Just curious.
    xo Annie

  49. doro

    2012-07-21 at 2:12 AM

    I just got her scarf! I’d have loved the dress but i’m on a student budget. lovely dress you scored there!

  50. Danielle

    2017-09-12 at 6:37 AM

    I love this dress! Do you still have it and are you willing to sell it?

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