Mary Katrantzou is branching into swimwear with Mary Mare, a new size-inclusive range that will be available year-round, alongside her main collection. The beachwear’s vibrant colours and prints will echo what the Greek designer has become so well known for.
The range will not be a diffusion line, but a main line that sits beside the ready-to-wear, Katrantzou revealed to WWD. The prints in the first collection are inspired by postcards from beach locations and will feature sea shells on bikinis and swimsuits.
“The idea is that each print can stand alone, and we kept it all quite tight graphically,” she told the publication. “As for the postcard story, it’s very nostalgic and reminds you of places that you’ve been.”
The collection will have a point of difference to the main line – it will available up to a much wider range of sizes, but this is something that Katrantzou says will be coming with her ready-to-wear.
“We are starting to make our ready-to-wear go up to UK size 24, this is the first opportunity to explore a much wider size range so we have easy silhouettes and fabrics. I think there is a dual message: One is a very liberated silhouette and the second is that there are easy-to-wear fabrics that can cater to women of any size, to a broader audience. All the girls at the studio tried the pieces on, and it was amazing to see all of us fitting into the different samples. Usually we have to wait for production.”
Of course, this is not Katrantzou’s first foray into lingerie of late. The designer lent her talents to Victoria’s Secret last year as the lingerie giant’s guest designer, which saw the Angels strut their stuff in her colourful creations.
Mary Mare will launch next April with prices ranging from £140 to £1,400.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK.