FALL 2020: Michael Halpern celebrates British women

Michael Halpern, glamour in sequins. At a time when fashion seems to be heading for a minimalist, conceptual style, someone goes against the flow with shiny sequined collections, for a kitsch yet futuristic touch. It is Michael Halpern, an American designer graduated from the New York Parsons School and a Central Saint Martins MA, boasting an outstanding professional background: J. Mendel, Oscar de la Renta and Atelier Versace.

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Those glossy, kaleidoscopic atmospheres in clubs like Studio 54, and a strong urge to escape reality, have been the leitmotif of his creations. It is no chance that at the 2018 London Fashion Week, he paraded a collection titled Escapism, with outfits bordering on excess.

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An unmistakable identity sharpened season by season, along the consistent path that Halpern has been following. His RTW Fall 2020 collection is a notable example of this. Presented at the Old Bailey, one of the most prestigious buildings in London, the line celebrates women from the British society – Swinging London creative icons like Ossie Clark, and designers like Bill Gibb and Zandra Rhodes. From the bourgeoisie to the rebel, a purely English tribute matching Halpern’s upcoming move to the United Kingdom, as the designer himself revealed.

The runway show confirms Halpern’s language – all-sequin multicolored jumpsuits, flared trousers and zebra prints. The show opened with acclaimed London model Adwoa Aboah in a green velvet dress with a 3D flower-embroidered collar; a parade rich in nods to the ‘70s followed, with mini-dresses, voluminous gowns, metallic fabrics, super flare styles, and a couple of caftans. To everyone’s great surprise, flowers decorate the line in design details – lily prints, palm leaf patterns, various botanical graphics, fine floral embroideries and impressive earrings.

Daywear makes its only – and first – appearance in a denim jumpsuit, marking the start of a new collaboration with J Brand.

Letizia Bellitti
Curious by nature and passionate about everything creative. I have been writing for several years, and I have always been interested in fashion and design. Writing about fashion, art and design is the best way for me to share my passion with others.

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