Maarten van der Horst

Sunday 16 September 2012


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Report by Harriet Quick, Editorial Director, Luxup

“I was not in this world in 1976,” said a jubilant Maarten van der Horst after his Fashion East show. “I was born in 1982, but it’s the spirit of punk I love, the make-do-and-mend DIY core, and it’s always been my favourite music.” Tunes for van der Horst’s show by Swiss punk band Kleenex were a great fit for his punchy collection: think slim trousers and oversized short-sleeved shirts in a collage print of leopard and graffiti; Cellophane silk off-shoulder mini dresses in Tesco bag stripes and chic black sleeveless coats with cherry and white daubs over classic sheath dresses. Van der Horst proves his mettle as a fashion player with this third collection – his attention to detail raises his game while the irreverent spirit of the collection is pure London. He’s timed his collection well – next May, the theme for New York’s Met Museum’s fashion exhibition (with Nick Knight as creative consultant) is the New York/London punk movement of the mid 1970s. Van der Horst was oblivious to the news. Place your orders now for outfits for the Gala evening.

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