Spring 2013 London Fashion Week: Matthew Williamson

– By Sarah-Leigh Wade –

For spring/summer 13 Matthew Williamson celebrated his 15 years in the business by reinvigorating his love of India. Inspired by the playful Holi Festival, also known as the Festival of Colour, a collection ensued where ombre treatments mimicked the the explosions of powdered paint and prints played tribute to the stunning scenery of the region.
The constant beauty of Williamson’s collections is their wearability. Yes, there are exquisite embellishments that are far from normal, yes, there’s mischievous little party dresses and yes there’s a myriad of details that have been pinned and tucked to the finest quality but the fact remains that his clothes are wholly appealing and incredibly lust-worthy. This season, sharp tailoring, using cropped trousers and short-shorts, thigh-skimming dresses and slinky separates played host to smatterings of print that faded from the garment half-way down and, notably, Williamson’s use of ethnic tassels and mirrored sequins was back.
Prints really were a focal point this season. Taking influence too from the work of artist Shane McAdams and his ‘Synthetic Landscape’ series, the designer interwove scenes from Kerala and Tibet in to the kaleidoscopic forms for which the artist is famed for. The result was exotic scenes overlaid symmetrically on to softly shiny tailored pants and intricate designs appliqued on city shorts and floaty mini-dresses with crossing shoulder straps.
Clever use of fabrics was also key with chiffon and fine gauge knits suiting the complex bead and patternwork, while injections of leather and sheer panels added a youthful aesthetic to the line. The grand finale included a glittering array of gowns – a vivid red, round-neck, sleeveless style with splashes of hot pink, yellow and lilac colour and teasing splits in the skirt was certainly a show stopper.
Spring/summer 13 also sees the brand’s first foray in to footwear. Twelve Italian-made styles have been created in collaboration with designer Joanne Stoker, ranging from flat sandals, mid-height heels and towering platforms – of course, print and embellishment plays a crucial part.
Based just outside London, Sarah-Leigh Wade is an editor and brand consultant working with trend forecasting organisations and international retailers, specialising in digital media. Sarah-Leigh launched her popular eponymous blog Sarah-LeighsStyleFiles.com in 2009 and is an advocate of emerging talent, vintage fashion and the arts. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahLeighW

Photos courtesy of Style.com 

About the Author

Based just outside London, Sarah-Leigh Bunting is a seasoned editor and marketer, having worked with some of the world's biggest fashion and interior brands and retailers. In 2012 Sarah-Leigh co-founded What Peggy Did Next (http://www.whatpeggydidnext.co.uk/), an event and communications agency based in the UK. You can follow Sarah on... Instagram - @sarah_leigh_b Twitter - sarah_leigh_b Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SarahLeighsStyleFiles/