LONDON–Michael van der Ham started his show by spilling a Skittles bag of candy-colored crushed velvet dresses onto his A/W ’11 catwalk. All were asymmetric, with one dolman or bell-shaped arm and the other sleeveless or short. Flirty with opaque black tights and heels, they easily could have gone home on the backs of any number of editors in the front rows.
From these confections, Van Der Ham transitioned to velvet tops and wide silk trousers in the same hue. All featured velvet panels or baby frills on the waistbands (texture blocking alert!).
In this, his second standalone season, the young designer also added knitwear. His aubergine, navy and pumpkin sweaters and dresses had panels of abstracted floral print. The silver and gold lurex strands gave them a subtle glitter that seemed to wink ‘want me, don’t you?’ as they walked by.
**Photos by Imaxtree.