Michael van der Ham's Cacophony of Colour Pays Off
Michael van der Ham's first few collections centred on mismatched fabrics arranged in a modern patchwork style. This season, though his love for unusual colour combinations and fabric mixtures was still a big part of the collection, things felt a little more mature and reserved, as if the designer has recognised the exact point to stop layering all those contrasting elements. It was an accomplished collection of bright colours and '60s influences, which will undoubtedly open up the label to new fans who had perhaps struggled with the complexity of previous collections.
Strong looks included heavy lace dresses with stiff, short sleeves, worn over sheer layers in contrasting colours of yellow, orange, pink, mustard, and blue. A heavy jacquard with bunches of blooms looked perfect on midlength dresses and coats. And the combination of shirt, jumper, and pencil skirt — especially when shown in pale blue and yellow with matching wool tights — will no doubt be a favourite with editors.