If there was a method to becoming a must-see one-to-watch designer, Michael Van Der Ham is following it to a tee. Since his stand-alone debut last season where he showed his modern and striking patchwork looks to critical acclaim, he has moved on to more saleable and retail friendly looks.
The show opened with a series of jewel-toned crushed velvet looks, that while completely different from his aesthetic of last season, featured mismatched textures as the designer spliced the fabric, running alternate grains side-by-side. He interprets fabric from a unique perspective and is integrating knits into his collection for the first time this season.
He also introduced outerwear this season showcasing his signature collage techniques with dusty rose and black mohair jackets with no two sleeves the same. Van Der Ham has stepped out of the pack as one of the most intriguing young designers and we can expect great things in the coming seasons.
Photos: Vincenzo Grillo, IMAXtree