LFW: Michael van der Ham Spring/Summer 2012 is disjointed but we kind of love it

This Spring/Summer season, Michael van der Ham introduces us to the love child of a Chelsea mum and a SoHo dad (read: prim and proper vs. grungy and hip British suburbs.) This most recent offering from van der Ham does not veer far from his signature ‘multi-fabricated’ aesthetic however we also feel that this is definitely his most polished collection to date.

We have played back this show three times now and every time we hit ‘Replay’, we find more and more pieces that we would actually love to pluck for our own wardrobe – this is always a good sign, if you ask us!

You may already know that a van der Ham collection is none without colour and patterns, and this season is no different. The genius of van der Ham was able to combine pastel hues of coral, aqua and lavender, with pops of (what has seemingly become very popular shades this Spring/Summer season) fushchia and royal blue.

How do these work? Just take a look at the collection yourself

The collection may look disjointed at first glance however we soon realized that this is the genius of it all. The van der Ham separates, like the asymmetrical off-the-shoulder camisoles is definitely an investment piece that can transform an outfit; while the one-sleeved floor-length satin dress can easily travel from day-to-night with a change of footwear. So what ties the whole collection together like a bright red cherry on top of a sundae? – a bright red sole, of course.

For this collection, Michael van der Ham has collaborated with Christian Louboutin to produce custom shoes that, in complementing his collection, has combined a bright pop of colourful pattern with the preppy feel of a t-bar sandal shoe – one that will be a must for the collectors, we think!

A few of our favourites pieces include a fresh take on the white maxi skirt, featuring a two-layer effect that is very flattering; slim capris featuring a fun pink pattern that almost look like sequins from afar; and of course, who can say no to the Louboutins!

How will you interpret the pieces of this collection?

By Heidy Suwidji – a financial accounting analyst and all-round fashionholic, you can catch her keeping one keen eye on the latest fashionably corporate news, and the other on her favourite online shopping sites. Follow her on Twitter at @lolaswij.