Henry Holland's Autumn Winter collection took on the idea of country living, horse riding and afternoon tea functions as its inspiration. Heritage fabrics were the basis for the entire collection with Harris tweed, herringbone check, tartan and printed silks giving a glance to the head scarf. As ever bold, bright and young, while the fabrics may have been traditional, there colours were not. Bright yet deep oranges and shocking pink featured heavily along with striped and tartan accessories including socks and totes. Holland also brought back in some traditional techniques such as hand crocheted shawls, again updated by making them up in super bright multi colours.
Dazed Digital: You chose bingo halls, country living and the Horse and Hound magazine reader as the starting point for this season? Henry Holland: Well, the Horse and Hound thing was just a bit of fun we had a couple of days ago with the press release and invites to the show, but it does sort of sum it up really. I wanted to do something that had that country lady appeal, but brought right up to date.
Dazed Digital: Where did the inspiration for that come from? Henry Holland: We started with the heritage fabrics, Harris tweed, crocheted elements and took it from there. It was very much about the idea of someones grandma, but with a bit of an attitude to her.
Dazed Digital: How did you update those elements? Henry Holland: With the Harris tweed we added in patent leather accents on the collars, cuffs and elbows, in really bold colours. I also brought in really strong colours on the tweed and herringbone itself to kind of sex things up a bit. I liked the almost traditional feel to the oatmeal and burnt orange but then made them really striking and bright and added in some hot pinks.
Dazed Digital: There was some strong detailing throughout as well. Henry Holland: Yes, with the pearls applied on to the dresses. I basically wanted to use the idea of the pearl necklace but at the same time wanted the House of Holland lady to be too young to actually wear one. I incorporated it by applying across some of the pieces as an applique element. I also used crystal in this way and then did oversized pearl earrings. So in a way, the HOH lady had a twin set and pearls.