Michael Van Der Ham Spring 2013
I’ve followed Michael Van der Ham’s career since his debut as part of the Fashion East collective at London Fashion Week Spring 2010. His first solo show followed for spring summer 2011. Right from the onset he became synonymous with the juxtaposition of contrasting luxury fabrics. Each dress he wove together from one off pieces of velvet, silk, brocade and so on. Many of his designs had asymmetric hemlines, a result of the pieced together garments. Fast forward to his spring 2013 collection and the core DNA of Van der Ham’s aesthetic is still very much the same. The patchworked collage dresses and separates are still present but this season they are more refined. The collection was inspired in equal parts by studio photographs from the 1960′s by Malian photographer Malick Sidibé and the work of Catalan artist Joan Miró. Raffia boucle was interspersed with sequin embroidered plastic. Brocade blended against panels of printed leather. Hand painted separates teamed with asymmetric skirts, and embellished silk, shimmering lurex add to this high textured mix. This collaged look could have easily looked more art project and less high fashion in less skillful hands. With Van der Ham skillfully the result is an elegant silhouette that is beautifully executed with very special texture. The look was accessorized with a Christian Louboutin heels with fur and hair worn down and off the face with white hairbands.