It’s a like a dream come true when fashion and interiors collide. Especially with a power house like Habitat! Although I am intrigued why Debenhams didn’t snap him up for a homeware collection? Anyway I digress…
This week Habitat unveiled the Henry x Habitat range at their Tottenham court Road store to a bunch of media and blogger types to showcase his first collection of Upholstery and textile pieces which are heavily influenced by his SS16 catwalk collection. (Images below of House of Holland SS16 collection).
So who is Henry Holland? If you’re not interested in fashion, or follow London fashion week then you may have not heard of him. Holland studied and worked in fashion marketing before launching a playful collection of nineties inspired pieces and slogan tee’s with phrases such as “I’ll tell you who’s boss Kate Moss” and “get your freak on Giles Deacon”. Holland’s also fairly well known for his famous friendships with Agyness Deyn the IT model of the noughties who modelled his first collection, and the likes of Nick Grimshaw, Alexa Chung, Pixie Geldof and Daisy Lowe etc. Holland later went on to launch House of Holland, and has subsequently launched 13 collections since which are shown at London fashion week, and in addition to this he has a spin off clothing range at Debenhams; H! By Henry Holland.
So let’s take a look at the hotly anticipated Henry x Habitat range in a little more detail...
A reversible cushion (two cushions in one! Horrah!), encouraging people to play with print and colour within their homes. Well this feature alone gets a huge thumbs up from me!! Plus the prints are bold and modern and bang on trend.
A lovely bold stripe and catfish print mixed throw in a soft knitted jacquard. I love stripes as they make such a statement in a room . £80 is steep, but the fact that the fabric is so cosy and soft makes up for the high price point.
Another revserible cushion- one side has a giant bug appliqued ontop and the other is a pink tropical palm print said to be inspired by the cult film 'Fear and loathing in Las Vegas' with Johnny Depp. Holland has said the collection relates to a scene shot through a rose tinted lens, giving a hazy pink tinge. The palm side is very retro hollywood, whilst the bug keeps it quirky depending on who you've got coming over you can mix it up.
Hello statement printed sofa!
Apparantly its the first time Habitat have used a digital print on upholstery and thank god they gave it ago! I would quite easily re-decorate for this little beauty!
This is my favourite piece within the collection! The tones of electric blue with the bright pop of pink keep it playful. Each rug is handmade in India, and the cream pile has been cut shorter than the blue to give a 3D effect. Its also a great size; 170cm x 240cm. There's nothing worse than a small rug and at £450 is a great price for such a statement item.
The final reversible cushion from the collection and personally my favourite of all the cushion prints. Holland said he also referenced the film 'Fear and loathing... , when the main character experiences psychedelic hallucinations and people turn into bugs. The insects were designed by Suzan Pitt, a cult Seventies artist – so she was the perfect fit for the collection.
This collection is a kaleidoscope of colour with Holland’s bold use of hot pink and electric blue. Plus the use of the House of Holland SS16 prints shows us just how much creative license Holland is actually having with this range, which is great to see.
The prints are zany and fun and reminiscent of old Hollywood with the use of palm prints and catfish.
If using prints from his catwalk collections becomes a regular thing, I’ll be excited to see how he translates the UFO and rocket prints from his AW16 collection. One things for sure, it’s certainly going to be an exciting partnership ahead.
HOUSE OF HOLLAND AW16 RTW COLLECTION