by Alex Fury .

Mary Katrantzou wins the 2010 Swiss Textiles Award!

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One of my highlights of London Fashion Week (and, in fact, of the S/S 2011 season) was Mary Katrantzou's spectacular, spellbinding collection - a riot of 'devil-may-care extravagance and energy' (although my prediction that no woman will wear Katrantzou's fringed lampshades was proved spectacularly wrong by the powerhouse that is Anna Dello Russo). Today came the news that she is the latest recipient of the EUR100,000 Swiss Textiles Award, whose roll-call of previous winners include Alexander Wang, Rodarte and Marios Schwab. The award is not only about creativity and innovation, but also marketability - something Katrantzou has in the bag: her stunning silk frocks are stocked worldwide and sported by thousands of women (with fans of both her high-end range and sell-out line for Topshop - another is on the cards for February). Katrantzou herself is due to come in to the SHOWstudio.com LiveStudio later this year as part of our events programme for the upcoming SHOWstudio Shop Florist exhibition. More details very soon!

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