Who would have thought that Michael Halpern, the most recent glamour boy of world style, would go away the consolation of his swanky lodge to go to a neighborhood bazaar early within the morning? However the London-based New Yorker, who was in India late last year, apparently had the Dadar flower market at 5.30am on his to-do listing! “I know India mostly through photographs and I have seen some amazing pictures of this place. There is so much colour…”
…And there’s additionally chaos. It’s peak hour on the wholesale flower market. However the 32-year-old sashays over the slush of trampled marigolds and dust with the benefit of a neighborhood and the joy and curiosity of a child in a sweet retailer! The most recent sultan of sequins who’s dowsing the minimalist and normcore world of style with high-octane glamour is a sucker for every little thing dramatic and excessive. In that, he has the soul of an Indian!
“Tacky is part of my ethos! There needs to be humour in it. You can’t take yourself too seriously.”
“I have a lot of Indian friends from university and all these years I have been hearing stories about India from them! And I am so excited to finally be here! Yesterday I walked around on my own, stopping for masala chai every once in a while and gorging on the street food. It is a real assault to the senses…the colours, the smells, the people, the honking, the driving…it is so incredible! At the heart of it, I am a voyeur! I like to watch and observe people and to talk to people,” he says.
Instant Halpern, Add Drama
This explicit trait makes his over-the-top garments private. As a substitute of artwork and even style on the whole, the Parsons and Central Saint Martin’s alumnus attracts inspiration from folks. “I love to meet these people, see how and where they are wearing these clothes, know why they are drawn to specific pieces. I love to see a piece that I have designed taken up by these people and interpreted in their own way. One of the most interesting parts of the design development process is to get into the minds of beautiful, glamorous women, from my mom who is a stylish, colourful, loud woman, to Barbra Streisand, Anjelica Huston, Cher, or to people on the streets who look or sound interesting. Art is an incredible way to get inspired about colour and textures, but people make it more personal,” Halpern explains.
The sparkly protest
The designer actually dazzled the style business when he showcased his first eponymous assortment at London Fashion Week in February 2017, having already labored at J. Mendel, Versace and Oscar de la Renta. Since then, his style model has grown quick, with Marion Cotillard, Amal Clooney, Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o and Adwoa Aboah on the shopper listing. His shimmering disco-inspired designs are recognized for Studio 54ish sequins and sculptural shapes. However Halpern, who features within the BoF 500, insists that the hedonism of his works is a direct response to the worldwide socio-political turmoil.
Halpern says typically you gown to alter, and never replicate, the times(Brahms Dirsipo)
“Not everyone dresses to reflect the times, sometimes you dress to change the times,” he says.
“In the early 1900s, the 1970s and now, the socio-political scene was and is very difficult. Nothing is going right in any part of the world. It can get really overwhelming. I provide fantasy and escapism to people who need a short break from these dark realities. We are protesting with colours and sparkles and textures instead of placards and slogans.”
Bollywood is BAE!
I can’t assist however level out how
Bollywood his strategy is. And he laughs out loud. “I know! I relate to Bollywood very, very easily. I love the escapism it provides. I loved Devdas and I adore Aishwarya Rai. I love the houses, the drama, the colours, the song and dance, the costumes, the flowers, the joy…basically everything that is Bollywood!” says Halpern, who made his retail debut in India via Le Mill.
“I know India mostly through photographs…There is so much colour…”
“If you feel authentic, if you own it, then it will never look tacky,” says the King of Bling who admits that he himself was known as cheesy ‘a lot’ when he began off.“Tacky is part of my ethos! There needs to be humour in it. You can’t take yourself too seriously. Also, if everyone likes it, you are not doing something interesting. If you are not polarising the audience then you are just nice. And I am not okay with ‘nice’. I would prefer an ‘oh that’s awful’ or ‘wow, that’s amazing’!”