Lisa Ho’s S/S 2013 collection is a perfect example of how you can be understated and simple as well as a complete showstopper. Lisa Ho presented a range of pieces that has been inspired by the theatricality of the Ballets Russes, however this ballet troupe has taken a tour into the tropics. Expect a lot of vivid colours and busy prints.
Print’s have really taken over this collection with the success of the much talked about “Flower Basket” print from the Lisa Ho S/S12 collection. To add to this, shapes such as short dresses with pleats and cutout silhouettes give the range a new edge. Backs are gone in a re-contexualisation of the classic Lisa Ho shape and box pleats sitting away from the thigh give it a juxtaposing demure sex appeal.
Must have items include a full length gown with floral print cutout down the side. The classic shape lets the unique print and detailing do the talking. Also a highlight is Lisa Ho’s use of peplum. Not to be only seen on short dresses, pleats have made a dramatic appearance on the long gowns. A bumblebee yellow dress with peplum is a true standout.
So important it is for a a designer to be commercial and keep her signature aesthetic – and this collection is truly an evolution. Moving on from the success of her last print range, the effective use of styles and cuts to experiments with more than just prints gives it a new dynamic edge. Put simply, Lisa Ho is just poetry right now.
Images by Wanda Chin for Couturing