Friday, 30 March 2012

Maarten Van Der Horst

From petticoats and Bermuda print, to florals and box jackets, Maarten Van Der Horst offers a playful side to high fashion with his collections. His debut S/S12 showed vibrant 1940s Hawaiian prints with matching capri shorts, with a keen focus on tailoring extended to the pastel coloured suits finishing the show. Tailoring proves to be a signature element of the fashion house, with his Winter collection producing sharp shirts paired with bustiers on top and heavy box jackets. Inspired by drag queens, transvestites and holidays, Van Der Horst sees his clothes as a form of escapism demonstrated by his charming floral prints for A/W and use of lingerie as outerwear in all of his shows. Referring to his S/S Bermuda jacket as a ‘Big fat Western tourist in Bangkok’ jacket, it is clear that Van Der Horst’s fashion is unrestricted and brilliantly garish. Hoping to continue his success with furniture design, Van Der Horst is just at the beginning of his success.

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