Holland brings his Brit cool to Dublin
Designer Henry Holland launched his mainline collection in BT 2 yesterday.
HE forgot his passport on his way to Paris Fashion Week, but designer Henry Holland made it to Dublin express style yesterday for the launch of his mainline collection at BT2 in Grafton Street.
Keen as mustard, the 29 year old Manchurian, darling of the cool Brit fashion set turned up at the airport at 6am, “an hour early”
However Henry made full use of his early start, offering attentive advice to star-struck customers who spotted him, and his ‘Jedward’ style hair, beside rails of feminine, grunge –inspired clothing from the House of Holland.
“I had the hair style first, “ insists Henry who good humouredly discusses his trademark high rise, waxed tresses.
But he’s also famous for his coterie of A lister friends who are stylishly coat hangers for his clothes. He grew up with model Agynes Deyn in Manchester and Pixie Geldof wore his €275 frilled long line bra top and matching €275 skirt, seen here modelled by Roz Purcell, to his recent ‘Nanny Rave’ catwalk show at London Fashion Week.
Clever with his fabrication this season, Henry used luxurious jacquards which he paired off in contrasting patterns of metallic florals and plain gun metal. The ‘metalasse’ woven technique gives a raised effect which makes the material look really luxe and glamorous but the prices are affordable, averaging at €275.
Henry approaches his midriff story two ways. Theres’s the opportunity to show off your gym bunny six pack by flashing the flesh or you go the more subtle route with a jacquard dress with sheer navy lace top which offers glimpses of midriff beneath a concealed half bra .
“The skirt just sits at the point where you can get a glimpse of the midriff, it’s the modesty frill, “ says Henry who was dressed in Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Undercover trousers and Givenchy.
His purple football striped jeans are a favourite of his pal Cara Delevingne, the international model of the season - not that the magazine cover girl needs any leg lengthening advantages. However, for the average girl, they work a treat and Henry likes to style them with a baggy tee and trainers.