LONDON–Okay, I’ll admit it. When I received the invite to the House of Holland show and after party, I thought the bingo ink marker included was something else. What, I wasn’t so sure…. (And no, I didn’t look at the back of the invite, where there was a bingo board printed, until long after I realized what the tube actually was.)
Now the bingo theme makes a lot more sense, given Henry‘s granny chic showing. There were lots of New Look-inspired wool tweed suits, delivered in pretty colors like magenta and tangerine. There were also tons of faux pearls, which were dotted on sweaters, fastened to denim dresses, and made into giant hoop earrings.
My favorite look had to be the orange polka pearl sweater, worn over a black collar embroidered with crystals from Swarovski‘s library. My least favorite had to be the sequined afghan blanket dresses at the end. Sure, there’s humor in using such an old lady print–it worked well on the collar–but no matter how you wrap your head around it, it’s not pretty. Especially in such abundance. I thought the billiard-themed ensemble that opened the show was much more clever.
Oh, and that sex-in-sign-language sweater? So good.
**Photos by Imaxtree.