News & Runway

Michael van der Ham Spring 2013 Runway Review

Michael van der Ham created a very modern sensibility out of often vintage-feeling fabrics and prints for Spring 2013. In a print-heavy London Fashion Week, it's hard not to compare the designer to Peter Pilotto or Mary Katrantzou. Van der Ham's inspiration came from the work of Malian photographer Malick Sidibé and was rendered in more painterly prints and sketch-style compositions which helped set the collection apart.

Asymmetry was achieved sometimes through the cut and shape of a hem or neckline, sometimes through the use of the prints themselves. Overall there were many soft, floaty, ladylike shapes – 50s garden skirts and palazzo pants. 

The prints were either very head-to-to "looks" or split up into separates that seemed dashed together from different outfits, but still with a put-together effect. Print was used as a structural element unto itself, more than was seen on other runways. There was a structured, subdued vibe despite the statement-making graphics. That's not to say the less fashion-forward person on the street wouldn't do a double take if they saw one of these looks walking by.