The Summer of House of Holland

British Henry Holland

Since the House of Holland's official launch in 2008, the Manchester born designer has been a firm favourite on both the British and International fashion scene. With celebrity fans including Rita Ora and Katy Perry, it's no surprise that the label has grown from strength to strength in recent years. Yet it wasn't until late this summer, when the designer unveiled his debut handbag collection, that the accessory aficionados of the world could get really excited about all things Henry Holland and the handbags that would no doubt stand out in the crowd.

The 8-piece collection, which was released at the end of August, is arguably a firm salute to the House of Holland's style and features a mix of the label's famous 'out there' prints and blindingly bright colours. Utilising Autumn/Winter 2014 favourites, fur and polka dot, the debut collection for the designer includes a number of quirky backpacks, hip bags and a 'parquet shopper' in shades of black, white, red and teal.

Whilst the collection may have only been available a matter of weeks for us mere mortals, the debut offerings from the 31-year-old designer have been a hit amongst the celebrity scene, in particular the 'parquet shopper', which is thought to be the signature piece of the label's collection.

The summer of success didn't end there for Henry Holland though, as the former student from the London College of Printing received no end of praise for his Spring/Summer 2015 show at London Fashion Week. The show, which went ahead on Saturday 13th September, was once again a colourful display of the designer's vivid imagination and boasted a rock and roll 'groupie' theme.

Speaking of the inspiration behind the theme, Holland said, "It started with a picture of Hendrix and he was wearing a suit with mixed floral prints, then I started looking at the girls around him and this amazing groupie called Cynthia, Cynthia the plaster caster who had a very special trick that she used to do and yes it was about those confident sexy girls that knew how to get what they wanted".

The House of Holland's Spring/Summer 2015 collection drew upon 1960's and 1970's influences with a bright pink, orange, yellow and green palette. A far cry from the quaint British garden party that so many labels have opted for in recent years, Holland's designs was much more cantered around the psychedelic florals of the 'hippy age'. With clashing colours and prints it looks like the label's 'anything but wallflower' status is here to stay.

Full A-line skirts and flared trousers glided down the runway in partnership with the tough edges of the label's 'boxy' handbags and clutches. Alongside the collection's much talked about psychedelic florals were colour clashing checks, ultra-shiny metallics and seriously seductive lace designs all displayed through a lust worthy collection of dresses, skirts, shirts and trousers. Models for the House of Holland show included; Samantha Rollinson, Matilda Lowther and Charlotte Wiggins.

Judging by the delightful offerings from the House of Holland at London's Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015 will be yet another season bravely doing bold with a touch of feminine fashion. Florals will no doubt be big once again, along with garishly bright colours and eccentric prints. So when it comes to finding your perfect spring/summer 2015 handbag and taking inspiration from all things Henry Holland, think 1960's and 1970's hippy chic, the bolder the better, and the all-important flower power. Yet if you're really wanting to follow the label's suit nothing quite says House of Holland like investing in one of the designer's debut collection pieces. The question is which of the must have designs will you pick?

By Stephanie Jade Sleaford


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