House of Holland and London Fashion Week

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Although New York Fashion Week has come to a close, the fashion world still has another lineup of great runway shows to look forward to. Yesterday marked the start of London Fashion Week! The schedule boasts big-name designers like Felder Felder, Jonathan Saunders, Acne, and Temperley London, while offering new designers a chance to stage their collections as well.

Three years ago, Henry Holland was one of these new designers. 2008 was the first year House of Holland had a solo show at London Fashion Week, with Agyness Deyn as Holland’s model and muse. The 2008 show captured Holland’s quirkiness and sense of humor with its clever, slogan-ridden T-shirts.

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The House of Holland Fall 2011 show, which took place yesterday, also captured Holland’s playfulness and youthful appeal. In the last few years, House of Holland has become as well-recognized for its patterned tights as it has for its T-shirts, and yesterday’s show did not disappoint. Neon geometric patterns and classic “House of Holland” alphabet prints dominated the tights. A majority of the models also wore knee socks, which were striped with bright colors. One model wore a signature Henry t-shirt, which read “Hawt Couture.”

Yet despite the colorful, fun appeal of the show’s colors and designs, the inspiration for the collection appeared to be not from the young, but the elderly. With its sweaters (one model even wore a neon Afghan blanket!), knee-length skirts, and frequent use of tweed materials, the show’s vibe was distinctly granny-esque. One could almost imagine a white-haired woman playing bingo in Holland’s plaid jumpers as easily as he could see a young woman wearing the same thing – a contrast Tavi Gevinson would most certainly approve.

Want to see the rest of the looks? Check out’s slideshow here!

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