Michael Van Der Ham AW11

Michael Van Der Ham really grew up this season. In just 3 collections, it’s amazing what a journey the young Dutchman has already gone through, from launching his trademark patchwork, to exploring that to the full, to now simplifying it completely.

As soon as the first model came out, it was clear it was a new direction for Van Der Ham. He kept his focus on silhouette rather than fabrics. He remained true to his unique collage technique, but rather than using multiple different fabrics, he’d kept the focus to just one: velvet. There were asymmetric hems, one-sleeved pieces, some clever draping – all in block-coloured velvet.

For the first time, we also saw a slightly more commercial side to the NEW GEN winner, with an offering of smart trousers, knitwear and even a bag or two. This was by far one of my favourite shows of the week, both because of the use of colour and the fabric – doesn’t that first pink velvet dress just scream Christmas Party? He definitely proved once and for all he is no one trick pony.

Oh, and this opinion is not at all muddled by the two glasses of champagne and delicious risotto I had at the Topshop Cafe before the show. But it didn’t hurt either.

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