Celia Kritharioti’s knockout show raises money for a worthy cause

Whether searching for the perfect bridal gown, planning a red carpet outfit to wow the paparazzi, or a killer jumpsuit for the next performance, well-dressed women in the public eye know to call on Greek couturier Celia Kritharioti. Beloved by fashion touchstones like Elle France and British Vogue, the designer has had nearly three decades to hone her craft.

Last month, her stars shone particularly brilliantly at a spectacular event at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. Brazilian supermodel Isabeli Fontana made a special appearance, joined by over 700 fashion journalists, bloggers, stylists and celebrities who came to enjoy the colorful show.

And in sweetness, it delivered. The collection was a coup for Kritharioti when she first presented it during this year’s Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, held in the Paris Ritz’s Salon Vendôme. The gowns were inspired by flowers and reflect the optimism and vigor of springtime. Pastel shades, gold and silver, fine French lace, feathers and fringes, and exquisite Swarovski crystal embroidery, call to mind the innocence of youth, with cutouts and artful draping to bring the fantasy home.

Kritharioti’s designs, spanning styles from out-of-this-world wedding gowns to intricate, sparkling tiaras, are seen adorning A-listers such as Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow and Lady Gaga. However, those of us who don’t quite make the couture-clad A-list may find solace in her recent ready-to-wear store in Athens, opened with a wider audience in mind. Next time you’re in Athens, drop in and feast your eyes.

For the center’s inaugural fashion show—a benefit whose proceeds were donated to the Orama Elpidas Association bone marrow registry—Kritharioti displayed her stunning new Spring/Summer 2017 collection, Les Fleurs du Bien (The Flowers of Good). This is wordplay on Baudelaire’s classic French book of poems, Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil), and a fitting title for a show that argued for greater sweetness in a world that has too much heartache.

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