Halpern, the label bringing glitz, glamour and flamboyance back to fashion
Designer on the rise
In a time where extravagance is a game ruled by fashion's key players, here's a young designer heralding the golden days of unabashed glamour
At Paris couture fashion week, carousels of impeccable frocks drenched in embellishments rise to the occasion; a testament to art of craft and centuries old know-how. To the every man, it's a glamour that's sorely unattainable. But as we look to the ready-to-wear collections, along with its affordablility comes accrued simplicity and a penchant for the trend-led. Off-kilter personalities like Alessandro Michele, Miuccia Prada and Rei Kawakubo break the mould, but the current climate, a hotbed for normalcy — calling Vetements its poster child and tastemaker, Louis Vuitton an enabler with its tie-up with Supreme.
So when New York-born designer Michael Halpern served up glamour not by the sprinkle but by the truckload, all the while straddling both worlds — positioning his label as ready-to-wear but with elements of couture in construction — we thought, here was a brand embracing the extraordinary. As an independent label just barely a year old, having its voice rise above the noise is no mean feat — something we'll chalk up to the unapologetic flamboyance of its '70s inflected disco garments. First seen at his graduate runway as part of the Central Saint Martins collective at London Fashion Week, and this past FW17, Halpern is one solo name commanding his very own debut show.
Halpern's figure-hugging cuts, overt sequin work and head-turning sheer panelling are capable of bringing the house down at any fete, but upon closer inspection, is a nostalgic throwback to the kaleidoscopic days of fashion's past. Where a taste for the atypical and fabulous ruled the style quotient — not just hype and pride of ownership.