South of the river, in the old Eurostar terminal, Topshop served up champs, scrumptious mushroom quiche and Michael van der Ham. London was on a roll today, and the Dutch fashion magpie did not disappoint, showing his most accomplished collection yet. All sorts of fine fabrics were torn asunder and reformed into elegant evening wear… but not on every look – this season Michael also showed off his pick-and-mix aesthetic on torn paper collage prints (with an air of the ancient document), and perfectly patterned stilettos and sunglasses. There were golden Battenburg and under-the-sea palettes, kaleidoscopes of colour and a dizzying array of fabrics: jerseys, satins, sheers and silks. An air of antique drapery came across in knitted-on sashes and toga tails, while silhouettes were classic and glamorous. All in all, the unspeakably intricate and lively combinations spoke of a CSM star turned high-fashion Frankenstein.
Text: Dean Kissick
Photography: Mitchell Sams