While House of Holland’s show notes proffered shock value and a “Plaster Caster”-themed collection, the looks themselves ran more to the optimistic. Cynthia Plaster Caster, the world’s most famous “groupie” who came about during the free-love era of the 1960s and 1970s, is also an artist most known for creating plaster casts of famous body parts. Thankfully, House of Holland stayed away from actual plaster-cast inspiration, and instead imaginatively incorporated “groupie” style, reinterpreted for the modern day.
With tongue-in-cheek irreverence, designer Henry Holland presented technicolor haute-hippie separates comprised of patchworked suede, flower appliqués, and gleaming silks. Cheerful tops and holographic A-line skirts were cool and expressive – ideal for the co-ed or the street style star. Sunflower prints found their way onto many looks, but were best used on simple halter-neck sundresses and flowing cornflower-blue dusters. An orange lace two-piece look stood out for its sensual simplicity, leaving a more sophisticated impression than the rest. Holland’s cropped tee, made from an intersecting patchwork of multi-colored floral appliqués, was another preternaturally pretty moment. Sportswear also had a role to play in the collection, as Holland layered polos underneath spaghetti-strap dresses.
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