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Mary Katrantzou for Topshop Event

Firstly, a big thanks to Stylist Magazine and Topshop for inviting me along to Topshop's Mary Katrantzou launch last night (at least it will be by the time this goes live, I can't sleep so am typing this at ridiculous o'clock).  It was an incredibly well put on affair at Topshop Oxford Street.  100 ladies, unlimited champagne and gorgeous canapés were the only things allowed into the whole of the store - absolute bliss.  We were set up in a private VIP personal shopping booth, and given great advice on what to buy.  The highlight was (finally) getting a peek at the Mary Katrantzou collection, below.



I have to say, the stuff looks brilliant.  However, I went along to pre order myself a dress I had my eye on - the strapless one - and it was £350.  Yes, three hundred and fifty pounds sterling.  Has the world gone mad?    At the end of the day, a dress can be designed by a top person in the industry, but it is still being manufactured in the same houses as the rest of Topshop's gear.  I was so taken aback, I fail to see how a high street piece (whether as part of a designer collaboration, or not) can ever be worth that...  Kind of spoiled the night - at least until I stumbled upon some new make up and nail vanishes.

What do you think?  Would you pay that amount for Topshop/Mary Katrantzou?  If so, it comes into stores on March 17th.

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11 comments

Lady Vélo said...

Whoa... they are gorgeous looking pieces, but £350?

I'd have a serious problem paying that much for the pieces... especially when you compare it to other high-end designers who have done very good high street collabs, which have been very affordable (I'm thinking Lanvin/H&M).

Thanks for sharing your evening though - looks like it was a fabulous night x

Notting Hill Girl said...

Oh gosh, that's ridiculous! I read an article on this phenomenon recently. I think in The Telegraph...

Of course to own a main line piece from Mary Katrantzou would cost a fortune, but I remember the days when the first 'designer' high street ranges launched and they were actually at high street prices! That was the beauty of them.

NHG x

Style Servings said...

Whaaat?! That's insane! The pieces look amazing, but do Topshop know what the budget of their average shopper is?!

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jas said...

stunning pieces!

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Little Rus said...

I have the same problem... I love love love that dress (the strapless one you love), but I just can't part with £300+ for something from TopShop...

Hollie said...

Woah!! So shocked at how much they are... don't think they will be flying off the shelves, sadly x

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M said...

The strapless dress was my favourite too! but I wouldn't pay £350 for a Topshop item, even if it was designed by Katrantzou. If I had that much money to splurge on clothes, I'd probably go for something much more high-end than Topshop!

Fashion Blends said...

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Josie said...

If I was going to spend that much money I'd rather just go designer! Charging that much kind of defeats the point of designer/high street collaborations, as they're supposed to be attainable but this leaves many customers isolated. Although the pieces are gorgeous! xx

little t said...

The dress is undeniably gorgeous, but even so, the whole point of designer- high street collaborations is the affordability!

Not Just A Pretty Dress said...

Personally, I would like to take one piece and I'm glad to hear that the collection looks brilliant. I was afraid about the quality of the fabrics, etc. and, of course, I hope I'll get to see them before deciding on the 'investment'. I completely agree that the price of the collection is way higher compared to Topshop usual range and other collaborations, although I sense this is going to be an exception rather than the rule.

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