Clothes can mask the body, envelop it, adorn it… But sometimes they’re at their most fascinating when they take inspiration from within it, bringing what’s on the inside to the outside. There’s something a little sinister in that – in seeing the beauty of physiology like a dark wunderkammer just waiting to be plundered. And Harry Halim (hhharryhalim.com) is a designer who isn’t afraid of an occasional brush with the dark side.
His spring 2014 collection is named VENA – vein. One look at its key pieces and you’ll see why: blood red stretch satin and spidery red open weave cords are vampish bordering on vampiric. And in this context, both descriptions are compliments. Dark – a little. Intriguing – very. Head-turning – hell yes.
I can vouch for the latter having worn this jaw-dropping ensemble in Paris.
A thigh slit is one thing, but this one adds an edgy clasp (there’s another dress in the collection with clasps all down the side – you’ll want to see it). The jacket’s silhouette is broken by a row of raw edged bows. And the top – well it speaks for itself. Weave left slightly open edging on dangerous, shoulders left bare bar for veins of red, the whole thing clinging to the skin as if knitted onto it. It’s a thrilling thing to be able to wear.
And a collection this dramatic begs a backdrop to match. Daniel photographed these shots at the Hôtel de Ville of Paris.