Designer Michael Halpern built on the hard-edged, shimmering brand of glamour that he debuted for fall: He played with sculptural shapes and animal patterns, revealing and concealing the body via all manner of sparkling fabrics.

There were stiff, three-dimensional strips of lurex that fanned out from a sequined dress in teal, and a snakeskin bomber jacket with poufy, voluminous sleeves worn over a slinky column dress. Alongside the thigh-skimming dresses and body-hugging jumpsuits, Halpern also ventured into pantsuits. But they were still high-octane, in fabrics such as a sequined cheetah print or Chinoiserie-esque embroidery on the palest blue silk. The models’ wet-look hair and shiny faces kept the allure edgy.

Halpern said after the show — presented in the opulent surroundings of London’s Palladium Theater, where the models wove in and out of the rows of seats — that he toyed with the notion of “good-bad taste” when working with the out-there animal patterns.

This lineup was certainly rooted in a  dramatic, after-dark world. “It’s a reaction to what’s happening now, currently in Europe and America,” Halpern said of his embrace of sparkle. “You have this escapism to cope with everything — it’s sort of a young brand’s reaction to how scary things are right now. People want to be exuberant and happy and loud.”

By  on September 17, 2017

Designer Michael Halpern built on the hard-edged, shimmering brand of glamour that he debuted for fall: He played with sculptural shapes and animal patterns, revealing and concealing the body via all manner of sparkling fabrics.There were stiff, three-dimensional strips of lurex that fanned out from a sequined dress in teal, and a snakeskin bomber jacket with poufy, voluminous sleeves worn over a slinky column dress. Alongside the thigh-skimming dresses and body-hugging jumpsuits, Halpern also ventured into pantsuits. But they were still high-octane, in fabrics such as a sequined cheetah print or Chinoiserie-esque embroidery on the palest blue silk. The models’ wet-look hair and shiny faces kept the allure edgy.Halpern said after the show — presented in the opulent surroundings of London’s Palladium Theater, where the models wove in and out of the rows of seats — that he toyed with the notion of “good-bad taste” when working with the out-there animal patterns.This lineup was certainly rooted in a  dramatic, after-dark world. “It’s a reaction to what’s happening now, currently in Europe and America,” Halpern said of his embrace of sparkle. “You have this escapism to cope with everything — it’s sort of a young brand’s reaction to how scary things are right now. People want to be exuberant and happy and loud.”

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