House of Holland
September 17, 2010 London
Holland made that banana leaf big and bold on both tailored frosty pastel jacquards and vivid green printed jerseys. Many pieces were strung with fringe, swingy or knotted. For a collection called Something With a Fringe on Top, that's probably unavoidable; it also was often regrettable. Then again, part of Holland's profitable shtick is the way he pushes the boundaries of bad taste to both enjoyable (excellent jewel-tone metallic Charlotte Olympia lace-up platform sandals) and less enjoyable (fat powder-puff earrings) effect. When fringe-free, the collection boasted some wearable moments, though the cupcake-wrapperlike leather kilts owed a debt to Christopher Kane's last season at Versus.
Holland ended the show with a pair of halter dresses destined for disco decadence, their gold mesh beaded with stars that look like the kind you got on an A paper in the third grade. Lesson here? Even when the Holland girl is dressed to be bad, he finds a way to make her feel good.