1 hour ago | By Nigel Taylor
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London: Henry Holland has evolved what began as an assortment of cheeky, pun-emblazoned T-shirts into an undeniable brand-of-note within London’s Fashion Week calendar. His is an aesthetic world often informed by youth’s boisterous color and playful energy, which he translates into attention-getting sportswear. For F/W 12, Holland appeared to color with every crayon in the box, producing the sort of pieces that would make Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang smile. Candy-apple, grape, and bubblegum tones were cast in large-scale houndstooths (think psychedelic-Trigere) and zigzag prints, while solid-tone jerseys were cut into flare-leg pants and a body-conscious jumpsuit. The use of faux-fur sleeves brought Jim Henson’s puppets to mind — and even more intriguingly — artist Nick Cave’s work, when the hairy material became a delightfully monstrous pieced coat. —Kibwe Chase-Marshall
Silhouette: Lean / Flared / A-line / Fit and flare
Color: Candy-apple / Grape / Cerulean / Bright olive / Teal / Black / Navy / Mauve
Key Items: Flared pant / Mini-dress / Optic matched set / Coordinated sweater-muffler
Materials: Ponti di Roma / Yarn-dyed radzmir / Yarn-dyed houndstooth coating / Leather / Faux fur / Indigo denim / Over-dyed denim / Matte jersey / Silk crepe de Chine
Print + Pattern: Large-scale zig-zag / Giant houndstooth
Details + Trim: Raglan sleeve / Saddle sleeve / Houndstooth appliqué / Jewel-neck / Enameled shank-buttons
Accessories + Footwear: Glovelet / Crunched leather opera-glove / Cycling cap / Pochette
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