You can't consider Michael van der Ham without considering Rodarte. The Los Angeles-based sisters' influence on the Netherlands-born designer is undeniable when you look at his Spring 2011 collection, shown today at the Topshop space in Waterloo Station.
But van der Ham does something with his clothes that the Rodarte sisters have difficulty pulling off: Despite the mismatched prints and odd seam placement, his collection always looks clean, polished and pretty. I was particularly fond of the summer velvet Pollini shoes he used in the show, as well as the very unique colored crystals he incorporated into his looks. (As a Swarovski sponsored designer, van der Ham had access to the company's vast crystal archive. However, not all of his peers utilize this privilege in such an impressive way.)
Mary Katrantzou is delivering even more to love from her ongoing Topshop collaboration, with a third range that's more ambitious and expansive than her last, reports Vogue UK.
"[Topshop has] been so supportive of my work from the very beginning and this range will be the most ambitious one we've done and the most fun," Katrantzou told Vogue UK. "My idea behind the collaboration was to design for the Topshop girl a range that is as close to the aesthetic of my mainline as possible, with great control over the quality of design and production."
More exciting Nordstrom news! Even more exciting if you live in a city that doesn't have a Topshop. The department store has just announced plans to install Topshop departments in 14 of its locations in the U.S. Each one will get a 2,500-square-foot Topshop women’s and 1,500-square-foot Topman.