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There’s just something about Mary. She pulls a crowd and makes them smile. This season, Mary left her flowers at home and brought in their place a hardcore stamp collection, the kind any Greek geek would be proud of. Complete with pattern scissor stamp borders and 6p/10p price tags, the pictures on the stamps acted as portals into different worlds: a boat in Japan, a bird in India, a cityscape, a butterfly – collector’s items in the now-not-so-different worlds of fashion and stamps. The soundtrack moved from a cover of Nirvana (maybe Pennyroyal Tea) to a coin sorting machine track with pinging coins and cash register chings, which, combined with the walking stamps and white spacey catwalk, made it feel a lot like a post office in the future. Stand out looks were the XXL length trousers and full-skirted calf-grazing dresses, which looked like a new New Look. There were spoonfuls of art deco in the graphic lines of the early looks, and stirrings of Japanese art in the pastel metallic brocade on the later looks. Shapes were wonderfully inconsistent, from streamlined power suits to full on flowing-in-the-wind skirts, to kimono straight-down dresses. It was just so different from anything else. Stamp of approval.
Text: Sarah Raphael
Photography: Mitchell Sams
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