For spring, Simon Holloway decided to reverse his traditional process. “I usually start from a neutral palette and I introduce pops of color, but in this case bright tones served as starting point,” the designer said. “We looked at the explosion of colors of Agnona’s collections from the Sixties, which is something people don’t actually know.”
The designer also had in mind David Hockney’s paintings, having viewed an exhibition at London’s Tate Britain earlier this year. The result was a chic collection where vibrant, summery tones of blue, green, pink, yellow and orange were applied to fluid, relaxed silhouettes. Consider a streamlined cashmere sheath dress, cinched at the waist with a tonal leather belt, or an elegant coat featured a charming degrade effect obtained through a special process combining yarn dying and printing. A strawberry red soft tailored blazer was matched with mint green fluid pants and a lightweight white parka was trimmed in orange.
When Holloway introduce neutral tones — for example, a refined shade of beige — he paired them with silver sequined details for a touch of sparkling glamour, while naïve floral prints and embroideries added a sweet, childlike touch into silk dresses.