Mary Katrantzou taking a bow after her S/S ’14 presentation Photo: Rex
London Fashion Week designer Mary Katrantzou today makes history as the first designer to join the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN panel. Alongside chair and co-chair Sarah Mower and Caroline Rush, respectively, Katrantzou will help the panel of fashion industry experts decide which candidates should be awarded the committee’s autumn/winter 2014 sponsorship.
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Grecian born Katrantzou has been on the receiving end of the Topshop sponsored initiative for six previous seasons (spring/summer 2009 – autumn/winter 2011), with Mower calling her “our ideal poster-girl for how much an original talent can achieve through the scheme.”
“Mary started out selling just a handful of printed shift dresses with NEWGEN at the first London Showroom in Paris in 2009 – now she exports all over the world,” Mower notes of the adventurous print designer, who yesterday launched her first online retail outlet.
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Commenting on the “unparalleled scheme”, an honoured Katrantzou says: “I could not have managed to get where I am today without the support of the BFC and the NEWGEN Scheme. They gave me the opportunity to pick up prestigious stockists such as (Hong Kong store) Joyce and (Paris boutique) Colette from my first season.”
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The home-grown design talent will lend her “uniquely valuable set of pointers” to a list of hopeful designers, which has previously included the likes of Christopher Kane, Roksanda Ilincic and Jonathan Saunders.