Henry Holland’s Fall/Winter 2009 line made enough of a splash to seemingly inspire some of Alexis Mabille’s couture pieces for Spring 2010. Looks from the line, inspired by Pantone and heavy on the color blocking, were worn on the red carpet by Henry Holland bestie Agyness Deyn. However, the core of the House of Holland brand has always been the t-shirt.
These range from his designer-inspired “Do me in the park Marc” to his acronym-inspired “K.M.T.” for “kiss my teeth”. I’m assuming, without having the numbers handy, that the bread and butter of the designer’s business remains his tees, no matter how many runway shows he stages. This seems especially true, given the fact that a number of the slogans emblazoned on tops for the Fall/Winter 2010 collection are already available printed on t-shirts on the House of Holland website.
With that in mind, the House of Holland shows are always more about putting on an entertaining show than the actual fashions parading down the runway (think a cross between the Charlotte Ronson, Betsey Johnson, and Richie Rich runway presentations). The designer showed an abundance of overly-bright and patterned simple silhouettes that didn’t appear particularly wearable – unless you’re Alexa Chung or Pixie Geldof, both of whom were seated front row at the show.
Once again, the designer seemed to be taken by color-blocking, this time keeping his focus on stripes, which he showed in both the traditional sense and in bandage-style looks.
Personally, I love most of Henry Holland’s tees, and wish he would expand his offerenings, because it’s truly there that he shines. His runway shows just help underscore the designer’s bubbly, affable personality, making his wears all that much more covetable. And yes – I’ve just clicked and ordered my very own “K.M.T.” tee.
Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.