Sunday 17th February

| BY Helena Fletcher

House Of Holland: Ready-To-Wear AW19

In times of uncertainty we can always count on Henry Holland to put a smile on our faces. As the possibility of no deal Brexit looms closer on the horizon everyday, House of Holland took a stand for inclusivity, diversity and advocating for a world without borders. The set was a ginormous backdrop, a collages patchwork of fly posters and the runway was a printed matching carpet. “The show is about a global explorer and something that I always see wherever I travel I see fly-posters,” explains Holland after the show.

Finn Buchanan opened the show in a burnished umber and black tweed printed Mac and a cowhide beret, signalling the cacophony of textures, fabrications and colours that were to ensue. There was devoré aquamarine velvet, sheeny Ethiopian printed satins, sunset coloured striped knits, ombré lace, double denim, sheer printed mesh tops and quilted puffa jackets in a diverse variety of prints, patterns and colours. All were styled with single silver statement earrings that elegantly hung from the models’ left ears were designed by Husam el Odeh, created to recall a ring of smoke and boots that were definitely made for walking.

Holland’s longtime friend Pixie Geldof took to the runway to walk her debut HoH show, joined by a cast of some Ten magazine favourites including Sabah Koj, Jazzelle (aka @uglyworldwide) and newcomer Indira Scott. The familiar faces didn’t stop at the runway, the likes of Maya Jama, Clara Amfo and Sophia Hadjipanteli all turned out on form to support Holland from the FROW alongside the cast of Netflix’s coming of age drama Sex Education, with whom Holland had worked on a collaborative t-short project, which featured peppered throughout the collection. The clothes were created for a misrepresented generation who don’t want to conform to the status quo, Holland’s muse is a “Global Citizen… strong, empowered and ready to make a change.”

Photographs by Jason-Lloyd Evans.

www.houseofholland.co.uk