HOUSE OF HOLLAND
Henry Holland dedicated his LFW show to the city commuter – the modern woman who demands clothes that keep up with her over-scheduled lifestyle.
Holland called upon NYC artist Andrew Brischler to create the bold combination of gradient color and asymmetric stripes in his sports-luxe collection. When enhanced with over 100,000 Swarovski crystals, the graphics resembled the lights of the London Underground.
The 80s also made a bold comeback with urban sportswear, power suits and denim-on-denim in neon hues.
Mary Katrantzou celebrated her 10th anniversary at LFW by presenting a “narrative on collecting” inspired by her designs over the last decade. Collectibles like objects of art, insects, jewelry and perfume bottles appeared on her divinely crafted Spring/Summer 2019 ensembles.
“The Perfume Bottle dresses are special because they reference my first show and celebrate a technique that uses Swarovski Crystal Mesh draped and linked by hand,” Katrantzou explained.
More than 600,000 crystals adorned impeccable pieces such as a dress featuring a 3D jewelry box with shimmering brooches, and tulle frocks with caged butterflies and insects.
Central Saint Martins graduate Richard Quinn paid homage to his academic roots for Spring/Summer 2019, inviting GCSE and art pupils from London state schools to sit front-row at his LFW show.
Quinn’s show notes stated, “At a time when real damage is occurring to arts education, I want to point to how substantially its creative power lights the path to our future.”
Swarovski, a steadfast partner in nurturing emerging talent in fashion and the arts, partnered with Quinn to illuminate his floral slip gowns and voluminous minis with over 85,000 crystals. “This collection pushes color, print and hyper-glamorous shape to the max,” Quinn commented.