Henry Holland burst onto London’s fashion scene in 2006 with his tongue-in-cheek Frankie Goes To Hollywood-inspired T-shirts referencing the industry’s key players at the time. From ‘Get Yer Freak On Giles Deacon’ to ‘Uhu Gareth Pugh’, his emblazoned tees set the tone for his personal brand: witty, playful and bold. His collaborative work with childhood friend and model Agyness Deyn was well documented during London’s mid ’00s scene, all Boombox club nights and nu-rave aesthetics.
Since then, he’s founded his own label, House of Holland. A mainstay of London Fashion Week, his shows bring some much-needed fun to the schedule, drawing the coolest kids both on and off the catwalk (last season, the cast of Netflix’s Sex Education huddled front row). Each season, Holland conjures up a muse who feels, well, just like us: often using ’80s-inspired statement graphics, signature club kid pieces and bold-as-brass colours, the House of Holland woman always looks like us and our friends, the kind of woman who does her makeup on the Tube and goes straight from work to the rave.
This season, he’s been looking to the uptown/downtown divide of New York City, the period in which disco became passé and punk became cool. “Studio 54 was going under but the mod clubbers were emerging – I love that exact moment, full of juxtaposition, a clash of two worlds in one scene,” he tells me of his upcoming SS20 collection. This hodgepodge of eclectic references mirrors his interior world: his home is full of kitsch 1950s figurines, rare copies of Interview magazine (featuring Divine, Cyndi Lauper and Debbie Harry, of course) and church candles given to him by his antique dealer mum.
From collecting work by his collaborators to meeting the queen, Henry Holland invited us into his home to talk all things interiors.
“My mum was an antique dealer so I’ve been lucky in that I can pick and choose for our space, like these trunks, which she has hundreds of. Her taste is quite OTT: these are church candles. She’s got about 15 of them, but she’s moving so she’s desperate to give us them, but we don’t exactly have the space… She’s got this incredible ice blue and red 1920s dentistry cabinet that revolves and has hundreds of drawers. They have replicas in Kiehl’s stores. I’m just waiting until we move to a bigger place – I’ve wanted that table since I was 12.
“This incredible Ettore Sottsass Shiva vase was a wedding present. I’d like to point out that it wasn’t the only penis-shaped gift for our wedding. These design books are always on rotation between home and the office, as both myself and my husband David are designers, so we reference them all the time – they’re not just decorative. I love 1950s pieces, so I get first dibs on anything my mum gets through from that period, like these Marilyn figurines, which were a silly Christmas gift from her – they came in a necklace case and …read more