We’ve loved Michael Van der Ham’s beautiful and unique collaging technique from day one. And following his Spring/Summer collection’s great success- that saw the Dutch designer add more commercial pieces like shirts, trousers, and silk tees to his line of incredible artisan dresses leading to him being picked up by Net-a-porter.com -we were super excited to see what the St Martins graduate would do next, and boy did he deliver!
Inspired by 1930s eveningwear and home knits, Ziegfeld Follies and Veronica Lake, Michael’s Autumn/Winter ’12 collection of hand finished designs was an instant hit. Featuring incredible applique, pleating and draping on dresses, trousers and tops, the mouthwatering mix of textured jacquard organza, hammered silk and metallic lace and wool were entrancing. He introduced jumpsuits, boucle jumpers and knitwear for the very first time. And after the success of his original prints for spring/summer '12 Michael also included a mix of abstract, floral and marbled prints in his collage creations.
The colour palette of autumn hues and vibrant brights came to life with Michael’s clever drape, layers and other fabric manipulations, where solid black looks were just as head turning as the busy printed ones. Gold and silver mettalics featured throughout, a conscience contrast by the designer who was keen to offset the nice pretty autumn tones with something a bit tougher.
The overall impression was one of grown-up elegance and Michael’s intricate, complex creations glided down the catwalk with such effortlessness that you wanted to wear the lot- immediately! So that’s us, hook-line-and-sinker.