The House of Holland spring/summer 2016 fashion show held in London is destined to stay in our memories longer than just a season. Many front rowers got actual sand in their Louboutins for the sake of fashion and art, and all because the designer took his inspiration from “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, a Johnny Depp flick from the good old psychedelic ‘70s. The movie being about a desert road to Vegas, Henry Holland came up with the craziest idea and literally brought desert to London, and by that we mean that he shipped tones of actual sand to Collins Music Hall in Islington, where his spring summer 2016 collection was being unveiled.
With his spring lineup Holland continued the trend of reviving the Seventies. The movie-inspired patterns, textiles and textures all took us back to the hotel rooms, where the whole thing came from. The runway was a parade of jungle patterns and vivid colors. The designer opted for a very diverse and rich palette: we loved the subdued sand and cream, the greens, the shades of blue, fire, brick and now that we think back, we did not see any monochrome pieces in the collection.
The collection featured a number of looks inspired by the jungle theme: we saw many green leaves and animal prints, large exotic flowers, and on the whole, the entire show seemed to be a parade of patterns and juicy colors. The outfits were diverse, some being feminine, while others – extra manly to emphasize the origin of inspiration. We loved the feminine cut dresses with eye popping floral prints, the shirt dresses that could as well have been stolen from a man’s wardrobe of the beginning of the ‘70s, the candy suede skirts with large pockets, crop tops, khaki quilted vests and the leopard print pieces performed in different colors, which were, of course, a fresh interpretation to the print. We do not want to be pretentious and say we loved every single piece about the House of Holland spring 2016 collection: for example, the pajama inspired piece was less attractive, you know we couldn’t make out if it was nightwear or everyday-wear. There were a couple of looks to which we wanted to scream don’t-ever-combine-those-colors-again.
In lien with the bright clothing pieces, the House of Holland 2016 collection featured numerous must have accessories. The multicolored ostrich feather shoes were a new interpretation to the season’s footwear. The patched bags did catch the eye. The jungle inspired jewelry featuring brooches and earrings played an integral role. The designer’s favorite piece happened to be the bucket hat, which Holland defined as “crucial. This Johnny Depp / Hunter S. Thompson bucket hat is what it’s about for SS16.”
Overall the collection was vivid with life pulsing in every outfit. The looks were easy to wear and pull off for almost any occasion. The House of Holland spring 2016 ready-to-wear lineup was as ever youthful, playful and ended up being toxic in a good way, as many of the front rowers went for after show shopping.
Photos courtesy of Vogue