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Review – Michael van der Ham A/W 2012 at London Fashion Week

After the previous day’s failed attempt at making it to the Topshop showspace at the old Billingsgate Fish Market, I finally made it yesterday for Michael van der Ham‘s A/W presentation. (If you’re interested, you can follow Michael on Twitter …

Tue, Feb 21, 2012, 10:30

   

After the previous day’s failed attempt at making it to the Topshop showspace at the old Billingsgate Fish Market, I finally made it yesterday for Michael van der Ham‘s A/W presentation. (If you’re interested, you can follow Michael on Twitter – I love it when designers embrace social media.) We started off with a glass of bubbly and some salmon and quinoa salad courtesy of the lovely guys at Bistrotheque and then settled in for the show … and there was a bit of a wait due to late finishing of Christopher Kane earlier on in the day, but, 30 minutes later (!) things got off to a cracking start.

It was a somewhat typical show for van der Ham, whose trademark feminine prints and fabric mixes were juxtaposed with traditional ladylike shapes – peplum, peplum, peplum, folks! – and less traditional, almost futuristic colours and fabrics. Metallics, for instance, made a big bang.

One red dress was a little too Vivienne Westwood for my liking, and seemed to jar somewhat with the rest of the collection, which was eclectic and playful – I remarked, at one stage, that one particular dress, with a sheer overlay, looked as if I could have made it myself, at the age of five – but overall the collection was fun, fresh and very fashion. Then, with a bang, it was over – far quicker than seemed normal! Perhaps it was the 30-minute wait that put me off.

So what were the plusses? I loved the colours, prints and textures – especially the mixture of floral / digital print and metallics and the ladylike silhouettes. The styling was lovely, the Christian Louboutins were sick (in a good way) and the hair was incredible, very Lana del Rey meets old Hollywood glamour.

And the minuses? The aforementioned make-and-do appearance of some (not many) of the pieces, that red dress and the length of the wait versus the length of the show.

Check out the full show here, and let me know what you thought!

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