Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Henry Holland's bag ladies

Debenhams has unveiled a one-off print created by the young fashion designer, Henry Holland. The design features the faces of thirty-six "girls-in-the-street" winning entrants to a competition run by the department store, earlier this year.
The three dozen lucky winners of the quirky competition - launched in January - were given the chance to see their faces on a print design for a handbag and scarf, by entering a photo of themselves online.
More than 200 people vied for the chance to be featured on the print, the chosen few being hand-picked by Holland himself. The handbag and scarf will be part of the autumn H! By Henry Holland range, due to hit stores in July.
"The winning faces, everyday, typical girls you would see on the high street, epitomise the urban, yet playful feel of the collection," said the designer.
The design is a purple, black and white collage of the winners’ "mug shots", on a newspaper background, accompanied by witty headlines and slogans, such as "new fashion icon", "street style" and "the IT crowd".
The current season’s H! collection, launched in March, features a similar "bagazine" with Holland’s own face, printed in the style of a gossip magazine. The collection focuses on the signature bold prints and bright colours familiar to fans of Holland's own main line brand, and is priced between £5 and £60.
H! by Henry Holland is yet another member of Debenhams' designer stable, joining other collaborative collections by Matthew Williamson, Jasper Conran, Julien Macdonald, Betty Jackson, John Rocha and, most recently, Principles by Ben de Lisi.

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