True to his urban-edge style, HarryHalim’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection plays on a moody palette of neutrals, but the majority of the pieces beckon towards the gothic-inspired all-black aesthetic. Yet, Halim punctures the dark, monotone palette by using a variety of textures—hand knit yarns, suede, silk, leather, velvet, wool. Draped asymmetrical knits paired with long black gloves, slanted hem lines, exaggerated collars and silk pants that billow out at the ankles make for an unapologetic dark glam look with an apocalyptic undertone. The structural cut of the draperies often expose slivers of torso, or a glimpse of shoulder. Sheer fabrics underlay sharp solids, while subtle fur embellishments add a touch of femininity to the intense looks.
Like his new collection, Indonesian born Halim’s emergence into the world of high fashion is bold. In 2005, Halim won the Asian Young Designer Competition. That same year, he was also a finalist for the Mercedes Benz Asia Fashion Awards. Then, in 2008 Halim won the award for Best Young Asian Designer of the Year. The fall collection is Halim’s first attempt at simultaneously showcasing menswear and womenswear. The two menswear looks contain the same elements as the women’s collection. He designed a hand knit netted sweater and tight black pants with sheer fabric draped loosely around the body. He also fabricated a men’s leather and wool jacket with grated leather sleeves and a pronounced collar. Although the men’s pieces received positive feedback, Halim says he will continue to focus on his fierce fashion for women.
(images: HarryHalim via Systeme-D)