Michael Halpern Was London Fashion Week's Brightest Star

His clever use of sequins for Halpern Fall 2018 was dazzling, spectacular, and full of high-octane glamour. The kind of escapism we need now more than ever. 
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Memorable piece — Look 23, a delicious oxymoron of a gown. By draping smooth bright orange silk over sharp, mechanical craftsmanship of the sequined leotard created a rich contrast in both color and texture. 

Potential trend — Matrix-style Anna-Karin Karlsson sunglasses (perfect for wearing in and outdoors), wide-legged trousers, and mismatched animal-printed jumpsuits/footwear. But most importantly sequins: loads and loads of sequins.

Best accessory — The knee-high Christian Louboutin boots made from fuzzy shag material in a color scheme that resembled a meteorologist's weather radar. 

Collection inspiration — This season, Halpern took inspiration from the old-school glamour that reigned supreme during the golden disco days of Studio 54 (his mother was a regular there). Other women he drew inspiration from included his sister, legendary New York socialite Nan Kempner (famous for her IDGAF attitude) and actress Anjelica Huston.

The Location — Halpern transformed Phonica Records—an independent Soho vinyl music shop—into an underground artist's paradise littered with graffiti and accented with sheets of translucent pink. Television monitors played TV static, while Donna Summer's hits brought the venue's opulent (and slightly punk) atmosphere to life. 

See every look from the collection: 


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