Michael Halpern has garnered a strong celebrity following with his glamorous ready-to-wear designs. Now, the designer has teamed up with Topshop for a collaboration that expands the reach of his very sparkly vision. MOJEH.com caught up with Halpern to talk about his disco-ready collection and why it’s important for high-street retailers to collaborate with emerging design talent.
Why is it important for high-street retailers like Topshop to collaborate with emerging design talent?
It goes back to being given the opportunity to do a beautiful, really in-depth campaign and to design a collection that will be sold all over the world. It’s incredible to have been given this kind of exposure and this platform to talk about Halpern and the women we’re fans of, with a global brand like Topshop.
What inspired the collection?
We really wanted to give the Topshop customer our core essence – the glamour of the 1970s and those powerful women in resistance.
What’s your favourite piece from the collection?
The full green stretch-velvet look that Subah is wearing in the campaign is just, quite frankly, fabulous!
What are your tips for styling the collection?
I would say the same thing I would say to a Halpern collection woman: it has to feel authentic. Of course, it’s great to push your own boundaries and maybe try things you’ve never tried before, but you still need to feel comfortable and confident. I think it’s okay to go outside of your comfort zone a little bit, but never try to dress like someone you’re not, because it will never work. If the clothes help you feel more confident and ‘out there’, I think that’s the most exciting thing a designer can ever ask for.
The Topshop x Halpern collection is available instore and online at Topshop.com from early November.