Soft haired, wispy steps and plenty of books…

Soft haired, wispy steps and plenty of books…

Continuation of themes from season to season isn’t unusual.  However, when Michelle Lowe Holder continued to be inspired by fabric swatches and the layer cake effects of these swatches from her SS08 collection, for her AW08 collection, I had no idea the effects would be so different and so the continuity is only very very tenuous, which is of course a good thing. 

There’s something unboundedly rich, textured and heart warmingly complex about the collection.  There’s a lot going on yet it’s so well-balanced that I’m not thinking there’s a tragic Christmas tree scenario here.  Double beaded collars, shoulder pads/sleeves which are detachable or can be buttoned on, chiffon layered over tulle, feathers and paillettes, the prints for which MLH is famous for still linger on but very subtly so, velvet smocking, chunky knitwear…. it should all be convulsing in a messy heap but instead, there’s a lightness to everything that is actually making me yearn for crispy leaves and a hot chocolate to hold whilst I wear one of these floaty dresses, complete with black balaclava (is it possible she has made the balaclava look incredibly chic?). 

For some reason, as soon as I glanced at the collection, it made me think of soft haired early 20th century beauties, Bloomsbury Group writers and that if they were still alive, they’d happily wear these clothes.  An odd instant imagery, seeing as the clothes are completely contemporary and haven’t a drop of ‘period’ in them.  The mind does turn in strange ways though and that is what I envisioned immediately…wispy hair, one of these outfits, lots of books and some chintzy tea sets complete with tea cosy….


(Images of early 20th century beauties from Beautiful Century who has the most amazing Flickr)

Michelle Lowe Holder has also now just set up online shopping of sorts.  It’s an enquire-and-buy sort of jobbie but does the trick and the current SS08 collection is available as well as pieces from the MLH archive and some beautifully printed t-shirts and sweatshirts.


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  1. Everybody Says Don't

    2008-06-05 at 9:43 AM

    Great clothes – thank for posting these pics. Especially love the brown/camel dress with the purple detail on the shoulders and the pink feathers on the bottom.

  2. MHBass

    2008-06-05 at 10:05 AM

    these clothes are absolutely gorgeous – rather than going out in them, they do make me want to curl up with a book! i did a post recently with a bloomsbury-inspired outfit, how strange… more scruffy virginia woolf style than sleek cressida bell though!

  3. Charlotte

    2008-06-05 at 10:47 AM

    There’s really something new about all these cloths. I’ve never seen such fresh combinations of feathers, different fabrics and layers. On the other side, it’s very wearable. You can go out with every single part of this collection without beeing overstyled.

  4. lady coveted

    2008-06-05 at 12:30 PM

    or a little bit elaine from seinfeld… ??
    which reminds me… i think i need a new haircut.
    (lovely collection btw)

  5. annah

    2008-06-05 at 12:35 PM

    i can see this appealing to so so many different people!
    i espeically like the creamy skirts, and the dusty pink feathers…

  6. The Clothes Horse

    2008-06-05 at 2:03 PM

    I just love the drape, mix of elements and the rich, deep colors.

  7. ali

    2008-06-05 at 4:20 PM

    These are fantastic, and so is the evocative image you associated them with.
    I love the chunky navy/lilac sweater with the frouffy cream skirt.

  8. I’m a great fan of her collection, her designs are getting stronger every season.

  9. selina

    2008-06-05 at 6:33 PM

    the hair is crazy-cool

  10. kim

    2008-06-05 at 7:15 PM

    oooh, the feathers!

  11. flatbrokefab Ashleigh

    2008-06-05 at 9:11 PM

    The balaclava is totally working! I think it works because we live in England…where its cold…and rains (and this year snows!) even during the summer! So anything warm and snuggly will do me fine!

  12. Ting-Jen

    2008-06-06 at 1:48 AM

    What a beautiful collage you’ve done, and such an exquisite collection. La Belle Epoque & ballet are two of my greatest loves… Thank you for sharing.

  13. fashionherald

    2008-06-06 at 2:41 AM

    wow, these are wonderful designs, I love almost all of them, and they do look totally Bloomsbury.

  14. Paris

    2008-06-06 at 2:55 AM

    These look so timeless and there is something for ladies of any age, yet her collection definitely has an edge. Beautiful and your collage really works well for the pieces!xx

  15. arline jernigana

    2008-06-06 at 6:00 AM

    I love these clothes. They are beautiful and timeless like fashonhearld said.
    I can see myself in any of these combinations.
    I love layers in any capacity, whether it be music, painting, clothing, or what have you.
    You are inspiring me to want to create a fashion blog. My website is not exactly geared towards fashion, even though fashion in its essence is highly creative and is an art form.
    Reading your posts, reinforce my ideas that fashion and style is much more than just wearing clothes. It is about expressing a sense of self outwardly, and for me, appreciating the artistry involved in a well made garment, as well as taking a creative license to make it your own.
    Once again, I have gone of on a tangent, so I will stop.
    nice post.

  16. Charponnaise

    2008-06-06 at 12:43 PM

    I think they are quite period… I can see flapper inspiration in there, and the red dress at the top reminds me of the Railway Children… I can see the model bounding across the catwalk yelling “iiiitttt’s myyyyy daddddyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!”
    They are appealing though. Those kind of soft, dark berry tones are so comforting when the colder months come in.

  17. SwanDiamondRose

    2008-06-06 at 9:09 PM

    i love the headgear. i love medieval style head coverings.
    and her t-shirts are so beautiful but i am having trouble with the page loading and how to actually buy them on there.

  18. Violettaext

    2008-10-11 at 7:56 PM

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