Michael van der Ham – S/S 2012

London: Michael van der Ham is spreading his wings this season, as the St. Martins graduate sent another appealing collection down the catwalk for his third collection. The concept was simple but wholeheartedly appealing: easy, chic basics, that are enlivened by a range of cleverly constructed piecing and high-contrast collage prints. Though not overly conceptual, Van der Ham’s wit and intuition for what a woman really wants to wear was evident in his sleek, simple shapes and acute sense of color and print. —Shannon Davenport

Silhouette: Asymmetrical / A-line / Slim

Color: Turquoise / Coral / White / Peach / Cobalt / Seafoam / Fuschia / Royal blue / Silver / Black / Gold / Mustard / Mauve

Key Items: Collage print silk tees / Slim-cut capri trousers / Printed buttonups / Draped dresses / Pieced tops / Floor-length maxi dress

Materials: Crepe de chine / Tweed / Textured silk satins / Embossed brocades / Semi-sheer chiffon

Print + Pattern: Digital collage prints / Painterly brush-strokes / Confetti / Feathers

Details + Trim: Colorblocking / Asymmetrical hems & straps / Draping / Peek-a-boo slits / Sash-like details / High-low hems

Accessories + Footwear: Printed T-straps / Two-tone chain-strap purses / Printed frame sunglasses / Skinny belts / Corsage-like bracelets / Patchwork clutches

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