Since uptown is an ambiguous word usually associated with a posh or high-class area of a major metropolis, we’ll have to accept House of Holland’s “Uptown Urchins”-themed collection for Fall/Winter 2015 as a wry, tongue-in-cheek statement. His crafty clothing certainly had the kind of polish that would denote “uptown”, while the infectiously fun attitude of his mixed-print plaids and deconstructed dresses carried the “urchin” message. Set to a soundtrack of ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars and replete with a conveyor-belt runway, House of Holland’s mission this season was to provide women with a simple fusion of youthful, wearable looks in vibrant colors, eye-catching patterns, and luxe touches of shaggy fur.
A romantic-punk blend hit the runway first, with hot-pink plaid peplums, tunics, and lounge pants adding flare to layered looks. Holland’s girl might have been raised in a proper household, but she’s the type to have secretly spent her money on rowdy records and too much makeup. For that reason, she sports some pretty sensational clothes, but black tights, leather creepers, and skinny knotted scarves are also part of her daily uniform. She wears shrunken sweaters, glossy liquid-leather pants, deconstructed dresses cobbled together from striped panels, and complicated skirts made from a mosaic of matte and glossy fabrics. In a sea of trend slaves, she’s a trendsetter, donning maximal dyed furs, quilted silk sweatshirts, and lacey embroidered pieces that prove her taste for the finer things. The high/low mix on Holland’s runway was a definite crowdpleaser, and, as always, offered multiple options for standing out from the crowd next season.
Photos: Courtesy of Imaxtree