As you may remember, back in December during the SS13 press day season I had something of a revelation. Namely, that I bloody love Matthew Williamson. I don’t know how or why it took me so long to realise my affinity with a designer who specialises in bright colours, punchy prints and exquisite embellishment (AKA my sartorial cryptonite) but hey, at least we got there in the end. My MW obsession was rekindled a couple of weeks ago when I paid a visit to his Mount Street boutique to check out the AW13 collection. Still sporting my navy winter coat, it was a thrill to enter the gloriously colourful, carefree world of Matthew Williamson… Minimalists, you’ve been warned.
I hadn’t even had time to greet Matthew’s PRs before I spotted what might just be one of my favourite dresses, ever. Long sleeves, short skirt, skater shape in mint green velvet jacquard complete with shimmering trim and beaded neckline… In other words, my idea of heaven. Throughout my visit my eye did keep returning to this particular frock but that certainly didn’t stop me admiring the others. Understated Matthew Williamson most certainly isn’t but he is a true master of doing glitz and glamour without verging into tacky territory. The collection was an oh-so-stylish riot of eye-popping hues, opulent embroidery and shimmering sequins; a delectable fusion of high fashion fabulousness and carefree party girl cool.
However you feel about rainbow shades and sparkly things, Matthew Williamson’s skill and painstaking attention to detail is undeniable. Each intricate piece of beadwork and hand stitched bloom reflects a designer truly passionate about his work and not afraid to put in some seriously hard graft. And as for that sweet minty number, I’m already saving my pennies.
Love Ella. X