London Fashion Week: Matthew Williamson SS 2013
As a full paid-up member of the Matthew Williamson fanclub, I was thrilled to discover that for his 15 year anniversary, Matthew and his team promised a celebration of everything the label is famous for. I expected bohemian dresses in jewel colours, Ibiza daywear, peacock feathers, butterflies, beads and embellishment, bejewelled strapless cocktail frocks, slouchy coats and slinky trouser suits to take to the catwalk in London today.
I wasn't far wrong. Though there was a distinct lack of the truly boho and very little outerwear (wot, no parka?) there were plenty of the bold colours - most notably blue - lots of embellishment and loads of the floaty, chiffon evening dresses that the designer does so well.
The Eastern inspired embellishment hit dresses and daywear, from leather jackets with jewelled sleeves to flippy little dresses. Bags were bold, slouchy and covered in beads, and it's also worth taking note of the amazing shoes, which came from the first ever Matthew Williamson footwear collection, designed in conjunction with footwear designer Joanne Stoker.
Despite all these throwbacks to collections of the past, the Matthew Williamson woman has grown up a bit since her 1997 debut, and the move to slightly more graphic prints kept today's collection looking fresh. As well as a blue mosiac print used extensively on dresses and separates, there was an amazing bold scenic print seen on a blouse, dresses and across the top of a pair of trousers.
Moving into the evening, and you know exactly what to expect. Brightly coloured dresses in sheer, floaty fabrics with full, long skirts that flare out in dramatic fashion. The best was a flame-coloured, sparkling sheath with a simple high neck and dramatic split - perfect for showing off those statement shoes!