Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Michael van der Ham S/S 2013

Fashion Designer Michael van der Ham has a beautiful new collection with clashing colours, textures and materials.  Although these three important parts to a garments are each very powerful, Michael has them in control withing each piece.  Most designers have a bit of each part but Michael has magically used all three together very well bringing a very strong collection to the catwalk.  

"This season's supremely controlled/uncontrolled fashion collage/bricolage was inspired by the surrealist art of the Spanish painter Joan Miró and the portraiture of the Malian photographer Malick Sidibé. An unlikely pairing, and not one that necessarily jumped out at you from the runway. But it is how this material sits side by side in van der Ham's head that matters (you get the feeling that most of these clothes are composed in the mind before anywhere else), and anyway, as he explained, "I don't want to be literal." As if he ever could. The array of fabrics (hand-painted by the designer himself), appliqués, and embroideries, the standout, specially designed dévoré and what van der Ham referred to as a "hairy jacquard," all made for a bristling and bravura display of technique. But also one that was as desirable to wear and own as just to admire. The compulsion to create both is the one that makes all good fashion."

* Quoted from the Website. 

I absolutely adore this collection especially the simple mark making textures that are used against the bold bright colours. I think my favourite has to be the second image.

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