STYLE GURU STYLE: Striking Stripes

May 21st, 2015 at 2:05am
STYLE GURU STYLE: Striking Stripes

In a description of House of Holland’s fall 2015 ready-to-wear collection, Luke Leitch writes, “This was another get-this-party-started collection from Henry Holland.” This description was all I needed to read to inspire my recreation of this look from Henry’s designs.

Leitch wasn’t too wowed by the show, but as a self-described fashion scientist who loves to complete style experiments, I saw the collection as ingenious. Fun, colorful looks took a new spin on mixing prints, a trend I’ve struggled to form my own hypothesis on. Each of Holland’s looks used one pattern and interpreted it in various ways. In each ensemble, the pattern served as the control and details such as color, structure and the layout of the pattern acted as variables.

After completing extensive research online, I shrugged off my lab coat and began my real life investigation. I chose stripes as the main pattern, with black as one of my ensemble’s central colors, but I got a little wild by incorporating white as well. My comfortable cotton T-shirt’s horizontal stripes contrasted with my cool skort’s vertical ones, creating a disordered look similar to the House of Holland collection Leitch reviewed. On a side note, the skort is having a major comeback for the summer. It’s a great addition to a Fashionista’s list of materials for festival season.

I conclude after collecting data through my own investigation into the House of Holland way that this method of mixing prints is definitely worth trying out! I look forward to completing follow-up experiments by playing with other patterns and colors, and I inspire my fellow Fashionista/o colleagues to do the same. We can even head to the lab to compare findings after.

Get My Look: 1. A horizontal striped shirt. 2. A contrasting vertical striped skort. 3. Some cool sunglasses to protect your eyes—lab safety first!