For fall, Michael van der Ham brought colour to the plate. Van der Ham pulled on his signature collaged look, but evolved them to incorporate the woven with the appliquéd. Taking influence from the librarian-come-fashionista Party Girl character from 1995, the collection was vibrant and reminiscent of the 1960s. Van der Ham’s distinct style was ever-present, staying true to his love of mismatched fabrics.
Bouncing around the Topshop show space at Tate Modern was Michael van der Ham’s soundtrack: quirky, energetic and whimsical. It somehow evoked the naughty yet proper vibe that every girl longs to possess. The collection was heavy with knits: cashmere, multi-textured and intarsias. Skirts made of heavily embossed lace were slashed above the knee, creating a band that bounced as the girls walked. Appliquéd organza flowers embellished light and airy chiffon dresses in pale blues and corals which floated effortlessly as the girls sped the catwalk. In collaboration with Swarovski, cocktail dresses were hand embroidered with Swarovski crystals in whimsical patterns that shimmered through the lighting.
Boxy silhouettes emphasised colour blocking that ran through the collection. Square cut dresses and deconstructed hemlines made for a regimented, broken up aesthetic that drew the eye to each individual element of a look. The girls wore suede Louboutin loafers designed specifically for van der Ham’s looks; with coloured tights that gave the collection a pop art feel. A colourful display full of joy, sparkle and glamour, van der Ham kept the collection young and vibrant, with sophistication reflected in the craftsmanship and materials.
Photography: Courtesy of Starworks Group
Fashion Illustration: Scott W. Mason