Posted on April 11, 2012


If we listen very, very carefully, we can just about hear the waves lapping on a sandy beach, palm trees swaying and hula girls shimmying in grass skirts… this can mean only one thing. Up-and-coming young designer Maarten Van Der Horst must be on his way to Topshop HQ! This rising talent has caused quite the sensation with his trademark Hawaiian printed designs, so we're very excited for the arrival of his Topshop collection at the end of next week.

Before we get to see the finished article, we thought that we’d introduce the man of the moment and give you the Maarten Van Der Horst lowdown. He’s quite the character – having graduated from Central Saint Martins, Maarten was swiftly signed up by Lulu Kennedy to be part of the Fashion East stable of young talent. After showing at London Fashion Week for the past two seasons, the world has been introduced to his crazy-cool, colourful work, which was initially inspired by the iconic Hawaiian shirt. He's also become something of an adopted Londoner, except that he refuses to conform to the capital's addiction to everything grey and black; a lot of his work is inspired by drag queens, tourists and transvestites!


With big fans in the form of Susie Bubble, Lulu Kennedy and the entire team at Topshop HQ, it's safe to say that there are high expectations for his collection. It launches at the end of next week so be sure to back on our blog for an exclusive interview with the man himself! Here's a snap of Susie we spotted over on her blog loooking amazing in one of Maarten's shirts.




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So excited! I am in a ukulele band and we wear Hawaiin shirts so this seasons tropical theme is amazing for me and my stage wear!

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Gahhhhh I have an addiction to hawaiian prints! I will definitely be picking up the blazer and maybe the shirt :D

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Is the shirt (in the top picture) part of the collection? I bought, what I though was it, but it has different buttons and in a different fabric. I wanted the one from the concept shoots (above) :(

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I’m just going to pretend that Topshop AND Maarten Van Der Horst don’t know that the term “transvestite” is actually quite offensive to a lot of people.

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Lovely! I adore the colour scheme :)

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