It's so simple to be complex

Wednesday 19 September 2012

Designers

REPORT BY DAVID HAYES

Feeling overwhelmed by some of the multifaceted runway looks next season? Don’t be. For a few designers complexity can be a simple as doing up a zip. “There was a lot of layering in this collection,” admitted Erdem post-show. “But many of the looks were actually dresses where the layers are so integral that you can’t tell where one piece starts and another ends.”

It’s an idea that Louise Gray played with a few season’s ago: ultra-layered looks that on the hanger turned out to be as easy as slipping on a ‘onesie’.

“I just pick up fabrics I like and play with them,’ said Michael van der Ham of his beautifully evolved collection, which put a mix of couture-gorgeous fabrics in to the blender. “I don’t sketch, so I work with everything in 3D and often change things on the girls as they come in for fittings.”

And the standout piece? A multi-fabric wrap skirt that crosses the body with a sexy split – seen at Preen, Peter Pilotto and Mr van der Ham of course. “I always include a wrap skirt,” said the Netherlands-born designer. “It’s the perfect way to play with layers.”

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