Monday, September 18, 2017
Halpern Spring 2018
Creating a visually stunning collection is one thing, but to have your first become successful and economically viable is another. It’s refreshing to be able to simply comment on just how good the clothes are, rather than the relevance of a brand with a long and often prestigious history. That said, it’s a pleasure to know that there’s a bright future for a high calibre designer like Michael Halpern. The 30-year-old American has already carved out a name for himself, with his first collection delivery sending many women, myself included into an absolute frenzy. Linda Fargo of Bergdorf Goodman can hardly recall a designer being as successful straight out the gate, and I can scarcely believe it myself. It’s true with social media the reputation of a new and little known designer can spread like wild fire, but to have your first collection sell through a retailer like Bergdorf Goodman is something else. Normally it's near-impossible as a mere mortal to be able to purchase and wear clothing from a graduate collection. Although this does come at a cost, but if you can afford to pay over a grand for a pair of trousers you better have a good plan as to wear you're going to wear them!
Susie Lau of Style Bubble was one of many to purchase a pair of sequinned flares from the Halpern Fall 2017 collection, noting that many sizes had already sold out but gleefully rubbing her hands at the thought of more to come. It’s the perfect antidote to the doom and gloom US politics brings, with an explosion of multicoloured sequins an instant mood-changer. That explosion happened to take place at London’s Palladium Theatre, a venue which ushered in performances by Judy Garland and The Beatles in the early 60s. Halpern though is clearly a fan of the 70s, with animal prints reimagined in sequins the reappearance of flares, those signature bustiers and culminating in the sculptural lurex cocktail dresses. Adding to his already impressive repertoire were the most glorious tailored pantsuits, one a blue floral brocade affair and the other an experiment in good-bad taste by way of cheetah print in gold. On paper I would have cringed at the thought, but anything goes during London Fashion Week and I can't wait to see what Michael Halpern does next. Only six months away!