London Latitudes: House Of Holland, Oliver Spencer and Astrid Andersen
Sausages, shorts and sportswear for Spring/Summer 2017 at London Fashion Week
House Of Holland
Got to hand it to our old buddy Henry Holland: he may be from Way Up North, but the dude is both tech savvy and graphically voracious. His latest absurdist pun T-Shirts featured everything from Marmite spread labels morphed into All Nite, We Do Hard, while turquoise Heinz Beans and Sausages tin etiquettes became Heavy Big Saucy Bangers.
For his menswear season’s third show, Holland also displayed a brand new App, Aim & Frame – a point and shoot process where a simple press of a digit delivers Holland’s new clothes within 24 hours. “It’s a hot idea, and I am a sweaty boy”, yelled a steamy Henry as models posed and looked surly, and young lads gyrated like in a neon-hued rock video.
If you are in the mood for a pair of shorts – either for the city or the coast – then Oliver Spencer is your only man. He cut great short pants in silks and cottons, with faintly Indian stripes and with matching calico tops. They all looked great. They just about saved an otherwise prosaic show. Just.
The trouble with Astrid Andersen’s latest show is that it never got out of first gear. She plastered her name all over grandiose faux athletic gear – the sort a North East London dude might imagine wearing in a giddy dream after taking a bad tab of ecstasy. She had one great idea – trimming basketball tops and techy shorts with ladylike lace. These will be copied. The rest of the collection will hopefully not be.