Day 2 of London Fashion Week brought us a dose of typical British insouciance and cheek. Along with the high voltage ‘Las Vegas’ dazzle of Julien Macdonald and the sheer sexiness of J.W Anderson, the unifying theme of the shows du jour seemed to be bold prints and graphics with imagery celebrating the unabashed glamour of the party girl lifestyle.
This spirit ‘a la demimonde’ was especially apparent at House Of Holland. ’HOH harlots’ strutted down the catwalk like punk-rock debutantes, opening the show with a T-shirt emblazoned with ‘Riche Bish’, a nod to the slogan tees that put Henry Holland on the fashion radar years ago.
Sequined champagne flutes, bows, lipsticks, and lobsters adorned black velvet. A feminine yet brazen celebration of all things indulgent.
Even beneath striking quilted bomber jackets embroidered with giant lipsticks, there was no ignoring the saucy Pre-Raphaealite, Marie Antoinette-esque beauties caught in flagrante, naught bits blacked out, on the tabloid covers.
Themes of conspicuous consumption, debauched PYTs, and luxe loungewear married with sumptuous douppioni silk and fur will guarantee House Of Holland’s latest collection a spot on the shopping list of every Posh, Broke (ironically, mais bien sur), & Bored heiress apparent, party girl, and rebellious high-society darlings alike.
Elsewhere, less decadent but just as stunning prints reigned supreme on the catwalk on Saturday.
The hand drawn, machine-cut graphics at Holly Fulton, pixelated portraits at Sister By Sibling, and bright, bold (yet satisfying uniform) prints at Duro Olowu were all especially appealing to an artist like yours truly. The abundance of print, colour, and bold imagery ensured that Day 2 of London Fashion Week stood out for me, like a rebel Prints Charming among a sea of sensibly clad gentry , if you will.
All images courtesy of Style.com