If there’s one brand you need to know about in 2018, it’s Michael Halpern. Since showing his first eponymous collection at London Fashion Week in February 2017, he has become the go-to man for anyone searching for feel-good, glamorous partywear. For those of you who do not know this upcoming November 2018, Topshop is releasing exclusive a collection with Michael Halpern. I could not be more excited to see this collection!! The line will feature 28 pieces reflecting the London-based label’s signature hyper-glamorous look. Halpern has proven himself to be one of the most exciting emerging designers sine his debut at the MA show back in 2016.
To get you guys just as excited as I am about this upcoming collection, I’m going to give you a little insight on Halpern’s career and why he is such an inspiring designer.
After graduating from the Parsons School of Design, Michael Halpern began his career working in New York. Soon after, he decided to apply for the Masters program at Central Saint Martins in London to grow his own personal vision. His MA collection was shown at London Fashion Week and quickly picked up by fashion titles such as AnOther Magazine, Dazed & Confused, LOVE, CR Fashion Book and Self Service, kickstarting his career.
His pieces are able to take abstract patterns and fabrics and create true glamour, a concept that had been forgotten. Halpern explains his collection and aesthetic by saying “Everything is so serious now. It should be fun and exciting and colorful. Fashion is not this somber, serious thing. I think that’s what fashion is missing. I think you have to have a real social life in order to be a modern designer. You need to have fun and be young while you are. My friends and I like to go to parties where you need to dress up and look glamorous, and that’s in my clothing as well. People used to get dressed up for things and now everything is so casual.” I think this is why I appreciate Halpern’s designs so much. “The Art of Dressing” has been lost. Now a days, the with Kardashians’ setting the trends, it is all about cheap fabrics and simple, basics. With Halpern’s designs, you are demanding to be noticed.
After his MA show success,The collection caught the eye of Sarah Mower, chief fashion critic for U.S. Vogue and the British Fashion Council’s Ambassador for Emerging Talent, who introduced Halpern to Donatella Versace. Michael was hired to consult on Versace’s couture collection, Atelier Versace, only a few days after his graduation from the MA. “When I saw Michael’s work, I immediately picked up the phone to get in touch with him,” Versace said. “I never saw anything like it before. His sense of color is brilliant; his craftsmanship is incredible.” The admiration was mutual: “I’ve loved Versace for so long,” Halpern says. “She’s incredible and has a point of view. She lives the brand and knows exactly who Versace is. It’s really exciting to see someone like that work.”During his time at Versace he also developed his eponymous collection, the first for his label HALPERN.
This collection he helped with focuses its attention on draping a shape, rather than embroidery and “super-sexy” as Donatella puts it. You can just see from photos that the pieces focus is on movement. Patterns here bring in the familiarity of waves in the ocean, the ripples from water. Not only is this shown in the sculpting of the pieces but ti is also seen int he color scheme. Martha Hunt’s dress, for example, screams water and its movement. Its twists and curves are what replicate it. This show may be one of my favorite exhibits just because of how different and how much detail had gone into “simple” designs.
Soon, HALPERN debuted at London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2017 to raving reviews. Michael’s inaugural collection was immediately bought by top international retailers and featured in big name publications making him an immediate household name.
Bringing back 70’s sparkle/glitter vibes, Halpern brought glamour back to the run way. Mixing prints and fabrics, Halpern continued to show what it truly means to “dress up”.
With its couture embellishments, overt femininity and extreme Studio 54-inspired glamour, Halpern has become a go-to red carpet choice. The list of celebrities who have worn Michael’s designs includes Adwoa Aboah, Marion Cotillard, Amal Clooney, Diane Kruger and Lupita Nyong’o.
In December 2017 Michael Halpern was awarded the Emerging Talent prize in the womenswear category at the prestigious Fashion Awards. He confirmed his earned status as London’s most exciting designer of the moment and continues to hold this position into 2018. Be sure to grab his collection with Topshop this upcoming 2018!!