Well how cute is she! Pulling off cowgirl style as no real cowgirl could ever do, Rita Ora is seen here showing off the new House of Holland for Beats by Dre strap meant to hold the ‘pill’ speaker (which, by the way, can connect via Bluetooth to another Beats speaker to *surround sound* effects).
Reminiscent of a guitar strap, the case has hands free room for all of your summer essentials… iPhone, cashola, lighters, and of course, the Beats by Dre Pill XL.
Of the collab, Henry Holland himself said,” The best thing about the Beats pill XL is that you can take it anywhere so why not carry it like a fur trimmed accessory?!”
The House of Holland strap goes on sale today exclusively on Henry Holland’s website.
BBC Children in Need is an annual British charity appeal founded in 1980 by the British Broadcasting Corporation. While we may not be familiar with him in the states, the charity’s long-standing campaign star, Pudsey Bear, is a legitimate icon in the UK, which is why a slew of top British designers gladly participated in this collaboration.
For BBC’s latest online auction, they asked Jonathan Saunders, Henry Holland, Erdem, Mulberry, Katie Hillier, Liberty, Giles Deacon, and PPQ to give their legendary teddy bear a stylish makeover – and the results are brilliant. We particularly love Holland’s punkish take on Pudsey, which features three different colorways of his signature tartan print. Read on for the rest.
Jonathan Saunders, Henry Holland, Erdem
Mulberry, Katie Hillier, Liberty
Giles Deacon, Patrick Grant, PPQ
100% of the final sale price of these bears will support BBC Children in Need. Learn more about the Designer Pudsey Collection and bid here.
Ever since he rolled out those infamous “Fashion Groupie” slogan tees in 2006, British designer Henry Holland has been giving fashion a much-needed sense of humor. His cult label, House of Holland, features loud colors with even louder prints, and is favored by just about every It-girl across the pond—Agyness Deyn, Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe, and Pixie Geldof—who also, of course, happen to his close friends. Speaking of Geldof, the socialite stars in the HOH fall/winter 2011 collection short film alongside the designer and model Dree Hemingway. And it’s hilarious.
Directed by Sarah Chatfield, known for creating kitschy music videos for the likes of Kid Sister and Lily Allen, the film features the three stars mocking a bad ’80s infomercial. With Geldof and Holland as the show’s hosts, Hemingway strikes seductively-cheesy poses in the label’s latest offerings, with phrases like “100% CROCHET!” and “DIAL NOW!” sprawling across the screen. It’s funny, it’s ironic, it’s Holland. Watch the video below.
Video source: Highsnobette
Diffusion lines are no longer just for big-name designers and internationally recognized fashion houses. In fact, lower-priced lines are fast becoming as essential for budding designers as independently run e-commerce sites. Zac Posen launched his, Z Spoke, just last year, while Alexander Wang has not one but two lower-priced brand extensions. Vena Cava is following suit with a t-shirt-centric line for FW10 called Viva Vena. Rad Hourani has had the same idea too. Now, news has it London-based designer and sometimes television host Henry Holland is expanding his namesake brand in the same way.
Elle.com reports that come fall 2010 Holland will unleash a lower-priced collection called H! by Henry Holland. The only catch: so far it will be sold solely at UK department store Debenhams (which keeps in the same vein as Z Spoke, which is available exclusively at Saks). “The line offers floral leggings, cropped denim jackets, and this ‘Bagazine’ pop-art clutch, which he gave as a gift to every front-row fashionista at his fall 2010 show in London,” says Elle, which describing the line as decidedly “younger” (although, how much younger remains unclear). Whether or not this means feverish House of Holland fans will be disappointed in the designer’s attempt at appeasing a more budget-conscious crowd remains to be seen. But, given the fact that everyone from Madonna to the Olsens have recently signed on for tween fashion lines, it wouldn’t be the first time twenty-and-thirty-somethings find themselves shopping the juniors section.
Between docs like Lagerfeld Confidential and The Devil Wears Prada, and reality series like Project Runway and Kell on Earth, there has been no shortage of fashion-centric entertainment in recent years. Yet TV execs still seem to be singing the tune of the more the merrier when it comes to creating new style focused shows. Hitting a TV near you this year are shows from both budding boutique owner Lily Allen, as well as former MTV host Alexa Chung and chum Henry Holland. “Allen, who quit the music scene earlier this year to open a boutique called Lucy in Disguise with her half-sister, will be followed by Channel 4 cameras who will record her first independent foray into the fashion industry,” says Vogue UK.
Details on what the show will be called and how many episodes will air are still being fleshed out, but the program has been confirmed by a Channel 4 spokesperson. Meanwhile, House of Holland’s namesake, Chung and Gemma Cairney—a UK radio presenter and stylist—are resurrecting their show “Frock Me,” which first appeared on Channel 4 a few years ago and since underwent a lengthy hiatus. The duo is back and already filming new episodes for a second season, which jumps between fashion to music and back again. The first episode aired yesterday and is viewable here. Next up: a visit with Taylor Momsen in NYC (surely to discuss the best hosiery to pair with pants-less ensemble). Another cameo by a NYC-based TV star will be The City‘s Olivia Palermo. She recently tweeted: “Went on a carriage ride with the lovely Alexa Chung in Central Park today! Filming for her new show ‘Frock Me’.”
It’s been 2 years since Henry Holland first announced he’d team with Levi’s to create a men’s and women’s denim capsule collection. Fast forward to today and images from his latest installation for the classic denim brand has been released. If there’s one word the looks immediately bring to mind, it’s bondage. Leigh Lezark of the Misshapes plays mannequin for the line’s look book that includes midriff baring striped tees and slightly washed denim tricked out with multiple buckles.
The line has distinctly fashion forward feel thanks to cut-outs and plenty of accoutrement by way of the aforementioned belts. It’s busy, to say the least. But, if you’re looking for a fresh update on the all American classic, then you’ve come to the right place. If that’s the case, you’ll be pleased to know the Spring/Summer 2010 collection should be arriving in stores shortly.
Just a few months ago I went out on a limb and anointed Lady Gaga as a more powerful a fashion figure than Anna Wintour, in some respects at least. Gaga has endorsed avant-garde designers in a manner never before seen with regard to pop culture. Take her video for Bad Romance, where Gaga schooled an audience far wider than that of Vogue’s monthly readership on one of the late Alexander McQueen’s most talked-about collections (for SS10). While she may be doing so on a significantly smaller scale, PR maven-turned-reality TV star Kelly Cutrone is following suit.
On the two most recent episodes of Kell on Earth, Cutrone and co. travel to London Fashion Week for SS10 shows. While much of the episodes revolves around inter-office drama, there’s a fair bit of coverage of shows from Jeremy Scott and Henry Holland. Neither is the kind of designer that typically gets prime time television coverage. Scott for one sent down a collection of Flintstones-appropriate styles and topped it all off with fluorescent, neon-streaked hair. Meanwhile, House of Holland showcased quite a few completely sheer lace ensembles (including separates for men). Not exactly mainstream.
What’s interesting is that while neither designer is near household name status beyond the fashion industry’s extended circle, coverage on Bravo is no doubt exposing their brands to an entirely new market. And the same goes for any one of People’s Revolution’s clients who garner face-time on the show. Cutrone may not be bringing House of Holland to the homes of tens of millions of people the way Gaga has for certain designers, but she’s definitely helping encourage a focus on lesser-known houses in a manner not seen before. Sadly, the exposure solely benefits those designers paying for Cutrone’s services. That said, it’s surely not a bad deal for her clients.
Henry Holland has been busy this year. The designer — a “one-man self-marketing wiz” as Style.com phrased it following House of Holland’s entertaining SS10 runway show — is locking down a few big-name collaborations, not to mention perhaps planning a cross-Atlantic move. “I just did a collaboration with Levi’s that will be in stores in February,” Holland told Women’s Wear Daily at the recent launch of the second annual Six Scents Series, which he hosted. Holland told WWD his Levi’s line “will include men’s and women’s jeans, jackets, dresses and tops.” For the Six Scents Series — a limited-edition collection of six fragrances customized by as many fashion designers (Holland included) — the designer said he wanted to create something that “suggested friends gathered on an overstuffed purple couch” (e.g. flowers like lilac and mimosa).
Holland also just recently completed a collaboration with tights mavens Pretty Polly, the fruits of which are on sale at Topshop. And rumors are swirling that the designer himself may soon be joining the British retailer in setting up shop stateside. Holland told Grazia, “I want to move here. Every time I come, the need to live here becomes more and more urgent and I want to go home less and less. I spend my entire time here plotting about how I would do it.” Sadly for the New York fashion set, he also assured the publication that should a move across the ocean transpire, he’d continue to show his whimsical collections at London Fashion Week.
Topman is adding to the plethora of designer collaborations currently sweeping the fashion industry with a project that’s just for the boys. “Following up on their Black Trouser Project, British retailer Topman look towards some of fashions hottest designers to be a part of their upcoming White Tee Project,” says Hypebeast. Designers from Henry Holland and Phillip Lim to Richard Chai and J. W. Anderson have signed on to participate in the endeavor. The limited-edition collection hits Topman’s virtual racks May 28.
While in the past I’ve griped about the abundance of designer partnerships taking place these days (which, in some cases, can water down a burgeoning brand’s image thanks to the inevitable dilution that comes when pairing a newbie with a mega brand), I think the idea of having multiple designers update a classic clothing staple (i.e. Gap’s inviting Rodarte, Phillip Lim, and more to update the basic white button-up last year) typically produces great one-offs at reasonable price points. Besides, it’s great exposure for lesser-known lines. Speaking of, don’t be surprised if you see a few women rocking the fruits of this collaboration come spring. I, for one, am eyeing Juun J’s side-zip creation.