High street retailer Next has launched a collaboration with one of the world’s most popular designers. The collaboration means shoppers can buy dresses that would normally cost thousands for as little as £40.

The website has collaborated with Mary Katrantzou – whose dresses normally sell for an average of £1,500. The designer, known as the “Queen of Print”, is popular with celebrities such as Keira Knightley, Hailee Steinfeld, Claudia Schiffer and Dianna Agron.

The 30-piece Mary Katrantzou x Lipsy collection launched on the Next website today and is described as “a light bouquet of bold and beautiful florals – exclusive and unique prints that bring a breath of fresh air to silhouettes of skaters”. , on-trend tea dresses, must-have maxis and easy-to-wear basics – not to mention getaway-ready swimwear – perfect for the season of blue skies and non-stop sunshine.’

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The eye-catching and uplifting collection is an exciting launch for the much-loved high street brand and celebrated fashion designer – a refreshing and authentic partnership based on like-minded core values ​​and a shared passion for print.

The collection has already been a hit with buyers and several pieces are sold out. If you want it, you should be quick.

Mary Katrantzou is an award-winning designer and leading image maker who changed the face of 21st century fashion with her womenswear collections and unapologetic approach to design. Prestigious accolades include the New Establishment award at the Fashion Awards and the International Designer of the Decade by VOGUE award, while Mary’s work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum and renowned venues in worldwide.

Speaking about the collection, Mary Katrantzou said: “We are delighted to be working with Lipsy on this capsule range which is inspired by our prints. The flora and fauna pattern prints adorning summer dresses and beachwear alongside the famous Shadow Valley prints are designed to be staples in a woman’s holiday wardrobe. .

Here is Manchester Evening News fashion and beauty editor Rachel Pugh’s star pick:

Mary Katrantzou x Lipsy Underbust Midi Dress with Short Sleeves – €52



Mary Katrantzou x Lipsy Underbust Midi Dress with Short Sleeves – €52

She says: “This collection is a breath of fresh air when it comes to summer dresses on offer right now. There’s a reason Mary Katrantzou is known as the Queen of Print, and her designs speak for themselves. There’s something quite forgiving about the rainbow. palette of colors and floral prints that run through the Lipsy collection. It looks expensive, but doesn’t cost a fortune. Never mind drowning in Union Jacks for Jubilee Bank Holiday, grab a Mary Katrantzou piece if you really want to look like royalty at a garden party…without breaking the bank.”