“It’s a hybrid of couture shapes of the Fifties and Sixties, my parents’ fashions, and these rural African looks,” said Michael van der Ham of his resort collection, largely influenced by a 1973 book called “African Elegance.” He combined the tucking, folding and wrapping employed by the African women in the book with opulent jacquards and silks. A full-skirted dress had a padded bustle for extra oomph, and a lace jacquard coat embellished with botanical sequins and beads was especially impressive.

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