For FW16, House of Holland looked at two distinct decades that highlighted reactionary styles: the 1920s and the 1970s.
The best fashion is born out of rebellion. Some of the most important moments in fashion history occurred in retaliation against oppression, as was the case when women stopped wearing steel-boned corsets in favor of liberating silhouettes or when they embraced the luxurious femininity of the ‘New Look’ after suffering the material restrictions that came as a result of World War II. For Fall/Winter 2016, House of Holland looked at two distinct decades that highlighted reactionary styles: the 1920s and the 1970s. Both decades are marked by cultural shifts in behavior – the 1920s had flappers and swing dance and the 1970s had disco. House of Holland’s kaleidoscopic Fall/Winter 2016 collection captures the exhilarating attitude of those eras, without being overly self aware or literal. A unanimous consensus on social media called the collection “seriously fun”, but seriously fun also meant seriously stylish.
Cher, Debbie Harry, and Liza Minelli would have loved everything in this collection.
When you’re getting ready for a night of dancing, or preparing to head to a glamorous party, designer Henry Holland has a colorful wardrobe on hand for all of your socializing needs. The show launched with color-blocked sequined frocks with split skirts worn with a colorful turquoise cape splotched with maroon dots or with crushed fabric hats. For the tomboy, there were metallic bombers trimmed with furry patches, wide denim trousers rolled at the cuff, prismatic varsity jackets, polka-dotted jumpsuits and pajama suits, denim coveralls, and more.
For the femme fatale, House of Holland had plenty of glam looks to choose from, like lacquered lace shifts, sequined mini skirts, leopard-print fur coats, and disco-ball turtlenecks. Nearly everything was paired with glitter tights and color-blocked booties, which added to the fun, fresh attitude of the presentation. Some of the most talked-about looks centered on frocks that featured blown-up face prints depicting Cher, Debbie Harry, and Liza Minelli – regulars at Studio 54 who, during their heyday, would have loved everything in this collection. Glittering jellyfish appliqués popped up on several of the looks, including one really fantastic color-blocked fringe mini dress and a closing high-necked sleeveless maxi covered entirely in sequins. If your wardrobe feels stuffy and you want to lighten it up with beautiful, eye-catching, fun, party pieces, look no further than House of Holland for Fall/Winter 2016.