House of Holland Fall/Winter 2016-2017 RTW – London Fashion Week
Have you seen the 1920s meet the 1970s in fashion yet? While some designers had taken on the flappers meet the slappers and clappers club to the runway, the House of Holland fall 2016 fashion show really succeeds in giving us a ready-to-wear collection that pulls both eras together from a double whammy. Henry Holland knew exactly what he was doing with this, as he bought in simple ingredients for a fabulous line-up that has us all just a little more fashion crazed at the London Fashion Week runway shows.
“They are two of the greatest party decades, I think—the flapper girls and their attitude and the sexual freedom and the independence that they stood for, and the same with the groupies in the ’70s,” he said backstage in an interview with Vogue. It certainly makes sense, especially since it is well known that the top fashion icons of the ‘70s were vintage lovers, who often related well to the ‘20s.
The pieces look easily made but we are certain that is not the case, for most people have a tendency to underestimate House of Holland. We see split seam metallic skirts in fun shades like red and gold, ruffle necks and sleeveless tops, red lace leather skirts and so much more. We see prints of Cher, Liza Minnelli, and Debbie Harry, which undoubtedly help create an even more of a vintage appeal to the collection. We don’t know how much we like the celebrity face print with tongue out creations, but the Cher one is definitely a favorite, with red lips, lined eyes and the print appearing on a double strapped fringe hemmed slip of a dress, totally in line with the 2016 trends. It would be interesting to see fashionistas walking around in this particular dress.
There is a certain love for red in the collection, from the boots featuring lots of red, including on the platform heels, to the high-waist leather skirts that fall down to the knees. It appears on black and red sequin dresses with asymmetrical edges a round neck and long sleeves, as well as on lace cut leather shirts worn under denim overalls that come in a loose fit. The lace laser cuts are definitely something to behold as they appear throughout the collection, while the animal prints most certainly capture our attention.
Jaguars are in all right, our favorite being a wraparound mini dress with black satin lining and lapels, and a fluttering skirt falling to mid-thigh. The print appears on miniskirts and hats, as well as long maxi skirts with denim bustiers and turtleneck sweaters tucked in. There are a few other animal prints, with jellyfish swimming about on a few different pieces, all midi dresses, some with fringe and others with glitter.
And then of course there are the polka dot dresses and shirts, as well as the rainbow colored tunics and hats, while we are left wondering why there are not any more denim pieces after those overalls. Then again, celebrating the jellyfish is a pretty good idea for they are indeed one of the coolest ocean species we know of.
Photos courtesy of Vogue