Saturday evening saw the much-anticipated House of Holland SS16 show take place in Islington’s Collins Music Hall, creating a dramatic Colosseum-esque venue complete with mounds of sand covering the runway.
For this collection, Holland was inspired by the 1998 film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, following the story of a journalist and an attorney in a drug-induced trip to Las Vegas in the early 1970s. References were made to the film throughout, with ostrich feather shoes reminiscent of the decor in motel rooms the pair stayed in on the journey, bucket hats and yellow-tinged aviators favoured by Depp’s character Hunter S. Thompson and oversized bejewelled bugs that were a nod to the hallucinatory effects seen in the film.
True to House of Holland form, this was a collection of bold, clashing prints and textures – think patchwork suede coats with leopard print, denim shirts layered with striped turtle necks, more leopard print and khaki sleeveless jackets, and an abundance of tropical prints. The closing number was the stand out piece; a sheer black knee length dress covered in intricate oversized, colourful bugs – and there, ladies and gentlemen, is the party dress of the season.
Words by Angharad Jones. Images via Vogue