Michael Halpern began his career in New York after graduating with his BA from the Parsons School of Design. After Parsons, he was hired immediately by J.Mendel, after which he began working on the design team at Oscar de la Renta.
Michael then decided to embark on a journey to grow his own personal vision and was admitted to the Masters programme at Central Saint Martins in London.
His MA collection garnered a lot of attention and was featured in fashion titles such as AnOther Magazine, Dazed & Confused, LOVE, CR Fashion Book and Self Service. He also caught the attention of Versace, and after graduation Michael was hired to consult on the couture collection, Atelier Versace.
It was during his time at Versace that he developed his eponymous collection, Halpern, which debuted during the AW17 shows in February 2017 during London Fashion Week. The presentation was a huge success, written up in the New York Times, Women's Wear Daily, the Business of Fashion, Vogue Runway, i-D online and many other top media outlets.
Halpern's inaugural collection has been bought by top international retailers, including Bergdorf Goodman, Matches, Browns, 4510, Maxfield, the Webster and Jeffrey.
The Halpern brand is about unabashed glamour, reimagined embellishment and a sense of hyper femininity with a nod to classical couture.