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.
South Molton St Style