Michael van der Ham

Michael van der Ham Cruise/Resort 2013


London: Up-and-coming London designer Michael van der Ham has come along way from the pieced-together collections that brought him initial attention. The designer seems to be after a more grown-up look for his first resort offering, and the shift has made for sophisticated and polished looks. Instead of piecing, van der Ham let the prints do the work; there were versions that featured patches of stripes, florals and geometrics. The designer also played with texture, using materials, such as a splotchy pile, printed cloqué and tweed. Silhouettes were almost uniformly close to the body, though an A-line snuck in here and there. The knee-length skirts, wear-to-work dresses and sensible tops will provide van der Ham’s clients with plenty of wearable options. –Joanna Manganaro

Silhouette: Hourglass / A-line

Color: Buttercream / Black / Teal / Deep orange / Peach / Navy / Light blue

Key Items: Printed pencil skirts / Halter dresses / Cropped top and matching skirt

Materials: Tweed / Cloqué / Pile / Brocade / Printed silks

Print + Pattern: Patched prints mixing stripes, florals and geometrics / Textural splotches / Paisley

Details + Trim: Halter necklines / Bustier details / Gathering at neck / Off-the-shoulder sleeves

Accessories + Footwear: Satin sandals with bows / Round-toe ankle strap heels


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