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Matthew WilliamsonSpring Summer 2015 London

Runway Review
9/14/2014 Faith Cummings/fashionwirepress.com

For his Spring collection, Matthew Williamson was inspired by David Bailey's editorial and nude images of Japanese-American model Marie Helvin, who was based in London. The vibe was more Summer than the season before it: the goal was to call forth a verdant and glamorous setting. He achieved that spirit with floral lace (a seasonal favorite), Balinese hibiscus motifs, airy silks, and adorned suede. Boho is intrinsic to the brand, along with a vacation-ready mentality and loads of sparkle.

Flowing frocks in patterned silk were cinched at the waist to accentuate the female form and suiting came in embossed blush pink snakeskin and teal flower embroidery. Williamson always shows a functional, yet chic jumpsuit and this season's was emblazoned with palm fronds in a button-front collared silhouette.

The color palette was rich and varied from eggplant to cream on a suede kimono suit that was a perfect mix of boudoir and flower child and office-appropriate silky button-front shirts. A sequin-encrusted tube top paired with high-waist hibiscus printed shorts was a standout look and strikingly vivid. A halter dress in the same pattern was in a word, hot. A teal blouse left unbuttoned was tucked into a lime embroidered skirt with an asymmetric hem: an ensemble that looked effortless but required a great deal of craftsmanship to make it seem as such.

Eveningwear was delicate in fabric, but strong in execution including a one-shoulder draped skirt number with edgy beading and a billowing train, sultry printed halter gowns (one with a thigh-high slit), and a sequin and crystal bejeweled stunner with a sheer skirt that was a bit risqué but certainly perfect for Tinseltown's daring starlets. Showy for sure with Williamson's brand of powerful, all out glamour.

The collection had a candy-coated gloss, yet was equally provocative with flashes of flesh. The tailoring was impeccably done and the spirit was bright and festive. What more could anyone ask of a Spring collection? Not much we'd say.

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9/14/2014 Faith Cummings/fashionwirepress.com

For his Spring collection, Matthew Williamson was inspired by David Bailey's editorial and nude images of Japanese-American model Marie Helvin, who was based in London. The vibe was more Summer than the season before it: the goal was to call forth a verdant and glamorous setting. He achieved that spirit with floral lace (a seasonal favorite), Balinese hibiscus motifs, airy silks, and adorned suede. Boho is intrinsic to the brand, along with a vacation-ready mentality and loads of sparkle.

Flowing frocks in patterned silk were cinched at the waist to accentuate the female form and suiting came in embossed blush pink snakeskin and teal flower embroidery. Williamson always shows a functional, yet chic jumpsuit and this season's was emblazoned with palm fronds in a button-front collared silhouette.

The color palette was rich and varied from eggplant to cream on a suede kimono suit that was a perfect mix of boudoir and flower child and office-appropriate silky button-front shirts. A sequin-encrusted tube top paired with high-waist hibiscus printed shorts was a standout look and strikingly vivid. A halter dress in the same pattern was in a word, hot. A teal blouse left unbuttoned was tucked into a lime embroidered skirt with an asymmetric hem: an ensemble that looked effortless but required a great deal of craftsmanship to make it seem as such.

Eveningwear was delicate in fabric, but strong in execution including a one-shoulder draped skirt number with edgy beading and a billowing train, sultry printed halter gowns (one with a thigh-high slit), and a sequin and crystal bejeweled stunner with a sheer skirt that was a bit risqué but certainly perfect for Tinseltown's daring starlets. Showy for sure with Williamson's brand of powerful, all out glamour.

The collection had a candy-coated gloss, yet was equally provocative with flashes of flesh. The tailoring was impeccably done and the spirit was bright and festive. What more could anyone ask of a Spring collection? Not much we'd say.


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