Michael van der Ham
February 17, 2014 London
That split-hem technique was used on a series of skirts and blouses to stirring effect, as was frayed chiffon appliqué. Cashmere intarsia and honeycomb pieces were also crowd-pleasers. Details abounded, but they were used fluidly: There were net overlays, bow details, and layered chiffon. The colors were vivid. Bright citrus and pinks will certainly stand out during gray fall, and the designer said he was thinking of his large clientele in hot-weather countries who demand color.
Van der Ham worked with velvet, but rather than do a top-to-toe look, he mostly used it on bodices and sleeve details. It also formed part of his most jaw-dropping look: a dove-gray lace dress with a beautiful double-layered velvet shoulder and a silk chiffon hem detail—the one that seems likely to generate a wait list.