At the moment, London is all abuzz with anticipation of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, which will be celebrated this weekend. And Henry Holland—smack in the middle of the local zeitgeist, as usual—has just met the Queen. But anyone expecting this collection from House of Holland
to revel in English royalty is in for a surprise: Holland has turned his gaze to America and its gridiron princesses. All hail the cheerleader! Holland's Resort collection paid pop homage to the pep squadders, by means of bright pompom prints, done in silk and cotton pique and jersey, pompom embellishment, and flared silhouettes redolent of the abbreviated skirts found on virtually every high school's sideline. Elsewhere, he conjured the team spirit with broad stripes and varsity knits. This is Holland's second Resort collection, and he has a knack for the season; it suits his spriteliness. The tonal striped jacquard pieces and godet-pleated silk dresses were particularly good, and the striped silk jumpsuits had an appealing poolside mien. Holland also continued to develop his swimwear, which ought to grow into a strong category for his brand, alongside accessories like his canvas beach bags and the new range of sunglasses he'll be launching in September.