US-born, London-based designer Michael Halpern is known for his colorful, seventies-inspired sequin ensembles, which have subsequently caught the attention of the fashion world's elite.
Halpern uses adjectives like "extreme opulence, vibrancy and texture" to describe the vision for the brand. This comes as a breath of fresh air to those who are vetoing the drawn-out athliesure trend in favor of over-the-top glamour. Halpern accomplishes this through his distinctive satin and sequin jumpsuits, micro-mini dresses, and bustiers.
Graduating from Parsons school of design in 2010, Halpern went on to work for J Mendel and Oscar de la Renta before moving to London to complete his MA in Women's Wear from Central Saint Martins.
After the debut of his first disco era themed collection in 2016, Halpern was immediately picked up by Bergdorf Goodman and matchesfashion.com, among others. He also caught the eye of designer Donatella Versace, and was personally asked to consult on her couture line, while simultaneously running his own label.
Right now, Halpern splits his time between his east London studio and Milan, home of Versace. His label remains independent with the objective of slow, sustainable (all garments are made in England) growth funded by Halpern's savings, store orders, and his work at Atelier Versace. With a goal of branching further into ready-to-wear alongside his evening wear collections, 29-year-old Michael Halpern is just getting started.*