The latest Marfy catalog arrived yesterday. (For those of you in the US that preordered: it arrived via USPS and was in my mailbox after I got home from work. I didn’t need to sign for it.)
Some thoughts about this catalog:
- The designs are a little simpler and less dramatic than in previous years. I am not sure if this is reflecting current trends or based upon customer feedback.
- As usual, many dresses (especially semi-formal dresses) and a few skirt patterns. It seemed like more tops and less jackets this year. I don’t think there were any pants patterns.
- Most of the dresses had the visual interest in the front, not the back.
- The tops are mostly mid-hip or longer. Some of what they referred to as mini-dresses were styled with simple straight-leg pants.
- Tons of patterns that provide opportunities for color blocking, along with combining sheers with regular fabrics.
- Like last year, they are showing more alternate views for the patterns – necklines with and without lace-up detailing, cap vs long sleeves, with and without drapes and sleeves, solid vs color blocked, etc.
- Quite a few oversized/boxy tops and cardigans with very deep sleeves, very similar to the Style Arc Alegra jacket/coat and Hedy dress. Obviously not for me, but someone that can carry these styles off well – like Thornberry – might be interested!
- Prices seem to have gone up. The average dress pattern is now €19 instead of €16.
- I noticed they’ve started to sell coordinates. So instead of selling just a jacket or just a top, they’ll sell a skirt along with it. (Perhaps this is to help justify the higher prices.)
- Capes made up nearly half the outerwear. Most of the outerwear had fur trim.
I already placed my order with Marfy. They told me that I was the very first person to order their catalog back in December!
Below is a selection of 15 different styles from it that I posted to Instagram. Some of what I ordered is shown, and some of it is not!