It’s a good thing Henry Holland put on such a great show–if not, the whole thing might have been totally overshadowed by the arrival of Harry Styles. Fangirls aside, the show notes promised us “the stench of tequila and petrol thick in the air” and described the models as “a tough gang of homegirls.” And tough they were. Sporting invisibly thin tattoo tights, slicked back hair and makeup inspired by Mexico City via Venice Beach, this was a fashion gang like none other.
Neon tattoo-style roses were inked over everything from ’50s style A-line dresses to skin-tight leopard leather skirts. Drawstring pants and low-slung silk shorts cropped up, a trend we’ve spotted multiple times already this London Fashion Week, along with oversized gingham. But nobody can make the retro check print look as filthy or as sexy as Henry Holland. White biker jackets turned to reveal Mexican-style religious icons hand-painted on the back, and sunglasses were lip shaped with reflective red lenses.
Any look verging on sweet and sugary was toughened up by a metallic leather gun holster harness, with house keys dangling from one side and an iPhone tucked neatly in the other. If that’s not a novel take on a phone case we don’t know what is, but you can bet we’ll spot them on many a street style star next season.