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cocosa.comSHO EE20Henry Holland recuperates on the couch with Cocosa a er his House of Holland label's 10th LFW showSo Henry, what's your post-show diagnosis? It feels like the strongest show so far, I'm really happy with it. I'm looking forward to seeing the collection on the shelves. What's your favourite look in the House of Holland SS12 collection? The opening look [pictured right] - it just summed up the collection and looked wicked on the model, Josephine. Also, I'm really happy with how the shirting came out - the lightness of the fabrics felt fresh and new for us. I also loved the oversized ombré leopard print, which for the record was not cow print!How are you feeling mentally post-show? Exhausted, drained and excited all at the same time.And physically? Pre y good, considering most seasons I begin or end fashion week with the fl u.You've run the London Marathon, so which is more tiring, that or London Fashion Week? The marathon - nothing in life could ever be as exhausting as the marathon! I wish I could tell you I enjoyed running it. Luckily the satisfaction of telling people I completed it outweighs the pain. What gets you through fashion week? Berocca, my team, and a hell of a lot of white Americanos.How late did you have to work during the week? The night before the show I was in fi  ings until about 2am and then back in the studio fi ve hours later. We hope you didn't suff er any show-related injuries. I didn't, but Jessica, our international sales director, fell over on her way home from the a er-show drinks party and is still nursing a gammy leg.How many Beroccas did you fi zz up during the week? About three tubes - I like them both hot and cold. Did you manage to eat your fi ve a day? Defi nitely not. It's really hard to get fi ve a day when you don't even see daylight.You help to cure the poorly dressed. Have you ever considered a career in medicine? Absolutely not. Science was never my strong point.Who is your favourite Dr? Dr Dre.What happens now a er fashion week? We've already started sales, I have meetings, meetings, meetings and then we head to Paris for international sales. Are you taking any time off ? No, I won't be taking any time off .When will the planning for the next catwalk show begin? It already has. What can we expect to see for AW12? Not telling. And fi nally, what's your medicine? Gin and tonic.HOUSEOFHOL NDFIRSTLOOKINTERVIEW BY:  URA WEIRPOSTSHOW PRESCRIPTION

cocosa.comSHOW WEEK12345621THE STYLE FILE Stylist Celestine Cooney reveals the inspiration behind the Ashish show through these exclusive pictures1. This is me and Ashish Gupta. I've been styling his London Fashion Week show for seven years. We work with the same team every time: make-up by Georgina Graham at CLM and hair by James Rowe at D+V. There's always a period in the run-up to the show when Ashish and I are both at home with our mums and we chat about the collection on Skype and email.2. Here's the collection. Each season the Ashish girl takes a diff erent guise but is essentially the same girl. She's just a bit of a chameleon. The Ashish girl this season is kind of tough and not afraid to get her knees dirty, but at the same time she's tender and romantic. Think a debauched country girl at a music festival.3. I wanted to use wild fl owers in the show. Ashish bought these from a fl orist in Queen's Park, near where he lives in London.4. We started out with the idea of styling the looks with a trilby, and then ended up with straw fedoras. The straw seemed so much sweeter and more feminine as well as being more summery. We had fallen in love with the idea of a dark berry-coloured lip; like a girl that had gone out, eaten too many blackberries and stained her lips. It looked quite tough and stopped the whole thing from becoming too cute.5. We split up wild fl owers into separate pretty little bunches and laced them into black vintage army boots. Using fl owers is an idea we came up with in August, when I was at home in Ireland romping through the fi elds with my mum and our dog.6. The beautiful Alison Nix backstage at Ashish a er I'd fi nished lacing fl owers into her boots. We always cast girls who wear the clothes and don't let the clothes wear them. The most important thing when it comes to casting is to fi nd girls with a great personality and a really confi dent, powerful walk.COMPILED BY:  URA WEIR