Mary Katrantzou at Next is a must-have summer collection

Greek-born London designer and queen of print Mary Katrantzou has never shied away from a challenge. Her collaborations with fashion, jewellery and beauty brands have been iconic, from accessories with Bulgari and lingerie with Victoria’s Secret to a sportswear-inspired clothing line with Adidas and toiletries with Cowshed.

Mary Katrantzou floral tiered midi dress
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Mary Katrantzou x Lipsy Tiered Skirt Midi Dress, £42, Next

Now, she’s taken her passion for print to a high street collection with Lipsy. When they approached her with the idea, the London Fashion Week favourite was pregnant, and agreed on one condition: she could design childrenswear for the collection, too. And the limited edition collection has landed now at Next just in time for summer, aiming to ‘bring a sunny outlook to every special occasion’.

Mary Katrantzou floral print midi dress
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Drawing on archival prints, Katrantzou has brought her signature flora and fauna motifs and her famed Ombré Valley prints to swimwear, dresses, tops, trousers and kaftans for a colourful summer wardrobe you’ll want to wear over and over.

Mary Katrantzou floral print trousers
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The Tiered Skirt Midi Dress (£42) is constructed with frilled sleeves and smocked back detailing for comfort as well as style, making it the perfect choice for a mid-season wedding, while the Short Sleeve Under Bust Midi Dress (£52) with its pansy, anemone and rose print is as romantic as it gets. A contemporary collared shirt (£38) comes in a dreamscape landscape print complete with zebras and jungle-inspired artwork, and makes a bold statement paired with the black and contrast print wide-legged trousers (£40). Our favourite? The micro-meadow ruched maxi dress (£58) with its flattering silhouette and floaty skirt.

Mary Katrantzou floral print dress
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Mary Katrantzou x Lipsy Ruched Maxi Dress, £58, Next

For summer holidays – think Ibizan beach party or girl’s trip to the south of France – we’ll be packing the soft pink floral printed kimono and matching bikini (£20).

Mary Katrantzou kimono
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Mary Katrantzou x Lipsy Printed Kimono, £34 and Printed Bikini Top, £20, Next

We don’t need an excuse to dress our little ones just like us, but the Pleated Skater Dress (£28-£31) is perfect for smart suppers out and family photos, and the Baby Tiered Dress (£26-£28) offers mothers and daughters the opportunity to match in Mary K for the first time ever.

Mary Katrantzou floral skater kids dress
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Mary Katrantzou x Lipsy Pleated Skater Dress, from £28, Next

Mary Katrantzou floral tiered baby dress
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Mary Katrantzou x Lipsy Baby Tiered Dress, from £26, Next

Silhouettes draw on Katrantzou’s classic tiered styles, timeless A-line designs and vintage-inspired tea dresses, making Lipsy’s limited edition collection a go-to for summer staples. The full collection is available to buy now at next.co.uk.