Style stalking at House of Holland
BY STYLE EDITOR, ON 24 FEB 2011 09:41 H! BY HENRY HOLLANDCOMMENTS
Hurrah, it’s that crazy time of the year again; the invites have arrived and catwalk season is upon us. Off to Somerset House we troupe to take in a few fashion shows from the cream of British talent; Henry Holland, Matthew Williamson, Julien MacDonald, Jasper Conran, Betty Jackson, John Rocha and New Gen sponsored David Koma & Holly Fulton.
The usual frenzy ensues at House of Holland. When I get there Henry mania is in full swing, the celeb count is very high, (Nick Grimshaw, Pixie Geldolf, Jaime Winstone to name but a few) and the paps are going mad. I’m ushered to my front row seat – thanks Henry x – sandwiched between the tiny Brix Smith-Start who arrived with Melanie Blatt (formally of 90’s girl band All Saints), and the Amazonian DJ Gwendoline Christie who looks stunning in ruby red stilettos and a fur collar coat.
So far so good, as the lights drop I notice the catwalk wings are flagged by arched cottage windows and flowery hanging baskets – the scene is set for granny chic Henry style of course!
I’m relieved to say there’s not a twin-set or string of pearls in sight. As the models hit the runway I first notice the super high and ultra flat shoes of Nickolas Kirkwood , uber-sexy shoes in a mix of animal skin and patent with flashes of neon. Model after model appear in seriously sexy cool clothes; I loved the bingo ball print all in ones, the colourful crochet oversized scarves, heritage tweed bustier dress complete with pearl adorned seams, ‘Man alive’ slogan tees, and tweed and patent-mix bags courtesy of Accessories genius Katie Hillier.
I can’t wait for our next development meeting with Henry… I have a feeling our new season’s muse for H! by Henry Holland could be Barbara Woodhouse!
Head Of Design, Accessories