MARY CONTRARY: Mary Katrantzou touched down in Southern California Tuesday for the beginning of a two-week trunk show jaunt that began with a Q&A at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills, then continues with an appearance at Nordstrom South Coast Plaza. The designer will also hit Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue in New York next week before returning to the West Coast for more trunk shows in Seattle, Palo Alto, Houston and Dallas. The Greek-born designer, who studied at Rhode Island School of Design (she originally wanted to be an architect) and Central Saint Marten’s, added her first accessory this season — a printed leather pouch — and is slowly building the infrastructure to create a full bag range. “We’ve gone from 15 stores our first season to 260 after five years, but I don’t want to take on more than I can handle,” she said over tea at the Mondrian Hotel. As for her next collection, she said she plans to continue with this season’s theme of stripping away color from her prints to focus on the textures of the fabrics and knit. “I have a recent appreciation for sporty clothes, so you may see that, but you never know where it will go. My lampshade collection began as a study of nude by Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdain.”