Saturday, 24 September 2011

Fashion Week Favourites: House of Holland

As if I could write about LFW without mentioning Henry Holland (read my other post about him here).  He is an outstanding designer, bring youthful charm and fun to every outfit. His House of Holland label showcased some of the boldest patterns, prints and materials of S/S 12 including cow-print, snakeskin and tartan.

The front-row was packed, of course, with Holland's celeb best friends such as Pixie Geldof and Jaime Winstone and they all sat before an eye-watering catwalk of black-and-white leopard print. The collection was aptly named 'Pastel Punks' which I think sums up the looks perfectly, and was inspired by the skinhead punks of the 70's and 80's.

The first look was a combination of androgyny and childishness- prim collars and snakeskin braces clashed perfectly with high-waisted bleach-stained jeans (possibly favourite jeans ever) and the multicoloured pastel panels on the shirt. The bleached jeans were then transformed into hotpants, knee-length shorts (via clever use of zips) and an amazing mini-dress- in both light blue and caramel denim.
The jeans were paired with see-through net shirts and lots of different colour snakeskin. In fact, the python print was a key factor throughout the whole show- the ankle boots being a particular favourite of mine, but you can also spy it on belts, collars and sleeves. There was even a pair of skinny snakeskin jeans, also complete with a multitude of zips so you can wear them any way you want (Holland, you genius).

We also hailed the return of the original House of Holland tartan, which Holland designed and created himself at the birth of his label. This is not your typical tartan though- you will most definitely not see it on the batty old grannies or the uniforms of private-school girls. This tartan is for the rebellious youths and the teenage punks. In sensationally bright purple and turquoise and orange tones, the eccentric tartan was rocked on trousers, blazers, kilts and oversized coats- but looked best head-to-toe.

Then came the cow-print, just as bold as the tartan and the bleach jeans that came before them. More multicoloured marvels in the form of dresses and even a strangely alluring pair of cow-print pyjamas (I think). The mesh shirts returned and developed into one-shouldered dresses, maxi-dresses and pencil skirts- but in a playful way. There was also some cleverly ripped net tights showing that see-through will definitely be sexy next Spring. What I loved the most was how everything clashed magnificently in a variety of, pastel punk colours.

My favourite looks from the House of Holland show:

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