Buro Asks: Mary Katrantzou

Buro Asks: Mary Katrantzou

The Greek, London-based fashion designer

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Buro 24/7 Middle East Editor-in-Chief Holly Williams recently spent time with Mary Katrantzou in Almaty for the Buro 24/7 Kazakhstan launch, read our special Buro Asks interview with Mary and find out who and what inspires the talented designer

Greek fashion designer Mary Katrantzou was born in Athens in 1983. Currently living and working in London, Katrantzou stirred the curiousity of the fashion industry after showing her Central Saint Martins MA collection in 2008 which featured prints of oversized jewellery designs on shifts. Now known to many as the print queen, Mary's Spring/Summer collection of 2011 cemented her status as a pioneering designer with a collection which featured lampshade skirts and unbelievable prints - ensuring that she is the designer to see at London Fashion Week season after season.  


  1. What was the first thing that you thought of this morning?


    The very special collaboration we are working on at the moment! A lot of attention is going into that at the moment, especially this week, so I am really excited about it.


    What will be the last thing you think of before you sleep tonight?

    What I have to do tomorrow!


    When were you happiest?

    When things align for you to have a new experience.


    If nostalgia were a smell, what would it be?

    The smell of holidays in Spetses, Greece with my family, a mix of hot sand, barbecues on the beach and bougainvillea flowers which climbed up the side of our summer house.


  2. MK QA


    Where is your favourite spot in the world?

    At home in Athens with my family.



What would your last meal consist of?

Coffee and a cigarette.

What is your greatest fear?

Being alone.

Which living person do you most admire?

Actually, most of my hero's are not living anymore. Coco Chanel is inspiring for empowering women through clothes and reinventing fashion for them. Oscar Niemeyer for his utopian ideals in architecture, Steve Jobs for the designing the perfect experience for the 21st Century and Andy Warhol for bring art, music, photography and fashion together during the 60s, 70s and 80s at his studio, The Factory.





If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’d like to be more patient.

Which artwork do you wish you’d created?

The Jeff Koons giant flower puppy.


What’s the next big thing? 

'Drive Through Retail' - we visited the pop-up drive-thru store that Colette held at Art Basel in Miami; you could choose what you wanted to purchase through a menu, then girls on roller skates bought it to your car and off you go!


What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Being nominated for 'Designer of the Year' at the British Fashion Awards last year, exactly one year after winning 'Emerging Designer of the Year', it was a big step and I am proud of that.

What do you wish you invented?

The internet!

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

To conjure time out of nowhere, there is never enough time!

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