British fashion designer, Henry Holland, is making his INDEX debut at the 2017 exhibition, just two months after the launch of his second interiors range with British décor brand, Habitat. Famed for his bold and brash designs, featuring bright colours and varied textures and patterns, Holland will be sharing his insights at the OFIS-sponsored Design Talks.
Following on from the launch of his debut collection last year, Holland says that the new range is “bold”, “explosive”, and “riotous”.
“This collection is a real riot of colour, and the neon lime colour used in the bedding and the throw is really very bold. It is very true to the House of Holland DNA.”
He adds: “I love fashion for the way in which it can reflect who you are and what you are about. I feel like a home is very similar in that way, so for me, dressing a home is and dressing myself are similar processes. I want things that feel personal to me and that are a reflection of me, my partner, and my personality.”
Indeed, it’s clear that Holland see a great deal of synergy between fashion and homeware, having once described cushions as “the new trainers”.
“For me, the [the move from fashion to interiors] is not completely alien but a learning experience – working on a different scale, in different formats, and in different materials,” he explains.
“You really do find inspiration anywhere and in everything. I think, as a creative person working in this industry, you pick up things from all around you, from visual references, to experiences, travel, people, and stories. I love to tell stories through my clothes, and it is individuals and their stories that have inspired me the most.”
Holland is looking forward to the opportunity to network with thousands of international designers at INDEX 2017, and to discovering first-hand Dubai’s latest design and architectural developments. The exhibition provides a platform for him to share his experiences and offering advice to up and coming creatives working within the design discipline.
“My advice would be to always stay true to who you are deep down, and what you are about, both through your work, and in the way you interact with people. This industry is very hard work, and having to pretend to be something that doesn’t come naturally to you – on top of all of that work – is exhausting. People really respond to authenticity in today’s fashion world.”