Stepping off a makeshift pirate ship and onto a catwalk of waves, House of Holland SS18 expressed a highly nautical theme, with a particular reference to water itself.
The iconic haute couture stripe was transformed into a wave this season, mimicking the shape of its elemental counterpart and resulting in fluid outlines. Many items were fitted with asymmetrical shapes, most notably a short sleeved maxi dress that was decorated with wavy black and blue patterns, and completed with an asymmetrical skirt that closely resembled the climbing nature of a wave, perfectly representing its sense of unpredictability. Many of the materials used were lightweight, allowing the garments to create shapes that were fluid in their physicality and silhouette.
Textures and finishing’s conjured up imagery faithful to the idea of being at sea; a macramé stitch completed with colourful beads was the sole constructive element for many bags and garments alike, resembling a fashionable re-appropriation of nets seen on fishing vessels. Eye catching corals, starfish and shells embellished the surfaces of dresses and jackets, and every model wore a pair of sandals with a shimmery trimming that mimicked the textured appearance of seaweed.
Taking inspiration from the sea, House of Holland SS18 successfully incorporates its memorable associations into a vibrant, dynamic collection.
Text: Libby Festorazzi