As we were waiting for the House of Holland Spring Summer 2014 show to start this evening, I glanced over at Henry’s mother on the front row and noticed she had a rather large tattoo on her forearm. I didn’t remember that being there last season. Then it clicked, probably like it should have in the first instance, but I’m a bit slow today. Henry’s mother was sporting the fake tattoo from the invitation. I have a soft spot for mothers on catwalks. They smile so beautifully and proudly as each model walks down the catwalk. But there is something special about Henry Holland’s mother. She is the one I look forward to seeing every season as her reactions warm my heart to the inner core.
Henry’s mum had every reason to be especially proud of her son when it came to this collection. Each and every year, House of Holland surprises us with collections that become more and more sophisticated while remaining playful and accessible for a number of age ranges. For Spring Summer 2014, Henry Holland called his models his “Homegirls.” When we read that on the press release, we were preparing ourselves for hip hop ensembles. While there was an element of playful punk, each model presented ladylike silhouettes with daring patterns and charming details such as lace inserts or hand painted motifs.
Looks we won’t be living without, come spring summer, include the Madonna hand-painted leather jacket, the trench coat swing skirt dress with shoulder embroidery, and the beautiful lace embellished slip dress. Henry, we’re in heaven!