Insanely loud prints and colours have never really been my thing. Hats off to anyone who can wear them with confidence, but seldom do I feel like I’m amongst their ranks. Henry Holland, of House of Holland, is arguably one of the designers better known for designing the loud and proud, hence he’s one of the designers whose collections have seldom gelled with my own aesthetic interests. Season by season, though, it feels that Holland’s collections have toned down their overt elements. In that time what hasn’t changed is the application: loud ideas are layered across widely popular cuts. All that culminates in the designer’s autumn / fall 2012 collection, with the slight tempering of the exuberant paired with cuts a little more-than bang-on trend for the season.
That sees House of Holland‘s autumn 2012 collection one that figures in cuts that align with one of 2012’s key trend motifs: the 1960s fashion revival. Think skinny bell bottoms, elbow length gloves and a general mod feel, but don’t make the mistake of thinking of these as being included in any true-to-history revival; not even a romanticised one. Instead, each of the pieces have that House of Holland touch with colours aplenty applied across blocks and repeating patterns.
That leaves the collection giving each of us at least two takeaways. First, the dominance of the colour red within autumn 2012’s collections has crossed the pond and London designers aplenty are working with it. Second, indulging in any fashion revival never has to mean indulging in a complete recreation of a past look. In fact, I’d wager that there’s a good chance that in the near future we won’t even recognise collections has being particularly 60s, 70s or anything recreationist at all – autumn 2012’s fashion is increasingly all about taking the best of the past and reshaping it into something thoroughly now.
You can see all of the House of Holland autumn (fall) / winter 2012 runway collection, as shown at London fashion week, by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Imaxtree