Michael van der Ham
By Anna Glassman

A FEMININE TANGLE London: Michael van der Ham approached feminine deconstruction with a fresh eye this Fall, gaining momentum after significant support from London’s …

Feb 18, 2013
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A FEMININE TANGLE
London: Michael van der Ham approached feminine deconstruction with a fresh eye this Fall, gaining momentum after significant support from London’s Fashion East and the Fashion Forward program which allowed the emerging designer room to take risks. In a dark and seasonal range of reflective charcoal, navy, olive and deep ruby, van der Ham crafted super slim cropped trousers, drop waist dresses, pencil skirts and blouses from silk jacquard, mixing abstract and traditional patterns in each ensemble. What made these looks daring were the details, from round cutouts revealing motifs beneath to ragged slashes and asymmetric ruffles, an off-kilter jumble of textures as womanly as it was progressive.—Nina Stotler

Silhouette: Dropped / Slim / Cropped / Layered

Color: Charcoal / Tangerine / Chartreuse / Navy / White / Silver / Black / Metallic ruby / Olive / Bronze / Electric blue

Key Items: Drop waist dresses / Printed anoraks / Trim cropped trousers / Collarless satin overcoats / Pencil skirts / Simple long-sleeved silk tops

Materials: Silk jacquards / Satin / Sheer chiffon / Cashmere / Chenille / Tweeds

Print + Pattern: Squiggle motifs / Fractal paisley / Cloud prints / Abstract dots / Wavy stripes / Scarf prints

Details + Trim: Cutouts / Embroidery / Deconstructed slashes / Ruffle hems / Metal appliqué / Peplums / Gathering / Velvet patches

Accessories + Footwear: Classic leather pumps

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