Michael Van der Ham

Location: Topshop Show Space

Van der Ham’s collection of mixed fabrics and conflicting textures thread down the runway against the blank canvas of Topshop Show Space. Despite the stark surroundings, layers of sheer silk in pastel hues illuminated the walls and embodied a timeless femininity. Van der Ham’s signature collage style was ever present throughout this investigation of new materials and incredible textures. Dresses were layered with metallic embellishments, asymmetric hemlines and shredded edges for a modern and romantic twist. The ability to mix media has resulted in a beautiful collection that creatively captures the freshness of springtime. Extravagant accessories were not spared; in fact they were the standout feature! Van der Ham created round-mirrored sunglasses with scalloped ‘eyelash’ embossing in collaboration with eyewear brand Lunettes Kollektion. Truthfully the van der Ham woman likes lots of pretty things in shiny prints! “Michael’s clothes are so detailed, you just want to throw the hair up in a messy bun,” said Luke, matching a ‘DIY’ bun to the rougher edge of the collection. Running with the concept of material and textures, hair was muted to emphasize the beauty of both model and clothing. So how do you re-create the look? Just throw it up literally! A matte, lived-in texture was created using L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Fresh Dust. Think shower hair when effortlessly pulling the lengths back with your fingers and tying in a messy bun level with the occipital bone. Tecni Art Air Fix Spray manages flyaways, let them reign for an ethereal and romantic texture!

Key product: L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni.Art Fresh Dust