Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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SOFTER AS A SOPHOMORE
London: After Michael van der Ham debuted to rave reviews last season, his second collection was one of the most highly anticipated of London’s up-and-comers. The artfully collaged garments that van der Ham presented for spring didn’t completely disappear this season, but looks felt significantly streamlined in comparison. Subtler takes on piecing allowed for creative draping to take center stage, and there was more variety in the absence of last season’s predominant collages. Solid velvet frocks, trousers cut from delicate silks and hourglass jackets were among the offerings, some trimmed with metallic fringe. Some pieced techniques were used for sweater knits, to which sparkly yarns lent a new dimension.
Color: Salmon / Coral / Lilac / Gunmetal / Aqua / Chartreuse / Burnt orange / Indigo / Black / Ballet pink / Winter white
Key Items: Asymmetrical, single-sleeved dress / Wide-legged silk trouser / Mini sweater dress / Sparkly sweater / Hourglass jacket / Fringed pant
Materials: Velvet / Sparkly sweater knits / Sparkly chiffon / Jersey / Mohair / Fine silks
Details + Trim: Draping, wrapping and twisting / Bubbled hems / Piecing / Hidden closures / Fringe / Pintucks / Asymmetrical peplums and collars / High-low hems
Accessories + Footwear: Metal cuffs and collars / Peep-toed platforms
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