Like Jeremy Scott or Jean Charles de Castelbajac and Franco Moschino before him, Henry Holland’s House of Holland appeals to a very limited subset of fashion savvy shoppers who don’t take themselves too seriously and want to have fun with fashion. Unfortunately, while there’s no denying the appeal of his tongue in cheek tees and printed tights, Henry Holland hasn’t quite displayed the level of creative talent that the aforementioned designers have when it comes to conceiving a full ready to wear collection.
There were some standout looks in Holland's Fall 2011 collection including an orange cashmere sweater with pearls sewn on the sleeves, a denim bustier dress lined with pearls, and jackets and coats in various colors and prints with contrasting collars and pockets. However while motorcycle jackets with contrasting black trim hold value in their ability to draw the eye, they don’t strike as having the originality or freshness to warrant the prices they will surely carry once they hit retailers like Colette in Paris.
Holland worked his design magic best once again this season when he stuck to his t-shirts, quirky prints, and vibrant tights, which for Fall 2011 included tees emblazoned with “Hawt Couture” and prints inspired by older women’s pastime activities (think bingo).
Photos: Vincenzo Grillo, IMAXtree.