Eponymous label - Henrietta O’Connor - is driven by a fascination with fashion as a form of storytelling. Presenting a vision that is strangely familiar yet unfamiliar. With a deeply personal approach, synergies of contrasting ideas are crafted - reflecting Creative Director, Henrietta O’Connor’s own multifaceted identity and culture, while being influenced by the history and traditions of art.
'Art body', a capsule collection of six looks, seeks to renegotiate representations of the female body in art and celebrates the work of female artists such as Mickalene Thomas and Nicola L. Less concerned with typical conventions of clothing and wearability, the pieces in the collection were intended to be like soft sculptures for the body which translated itself into surreal shapes and oversized proportions. Almost as if the body was to deflate.
No Wallflower Project by Henrietta O’Connor, launched in 2019 at London Fashion Week, takes inspiration from O’Connor’s youth spent in her grandmother’s workshop watching her craft elaborate tasselled curtains and upholstery for her clients while sharing in her love of interiors.
With her head always a little in the clouds, No Wallflower Project presents eclectic luxury womenswear and accessories for sleep and street.SS ‘20, tells the story of Shakespeare’s Ophelia, reborn in the 21st century. She’s still sweet Ophelia but with a second chance, she’s stronger now. Strong and soft. Gentle and powerful. Leisurewear is reimagined with a nod to the Elizabethan era and Pre-Raphaelite women. The old and the new are intertwined to create pieces that are timeless yet contemporary. She’s all dressed up with nowhere to go. A work of art for herself.