Matthew Williamson’s AW12 show was a glossy, glittery, gorgeous affair.
Having achieved the coup de theatre last season of a Turbine Hall show at the Tate (and infuriating every other major designer in the process) Williamson showcased a modern, metallic show in the beautiful glassy hall of the Royal Opera House. That rather set the tone- refined, but twinkly and a bit exciting. The show opened with an exceedingly lavish, absolutely fabulous candy coloured fur coat that was mentioned wistfully by almost every fashion editor we spoke to the following morning- knowing full well it’s likely to carry a pricetag the size of a Notting Hill house by the time it goes into production.
The collection was choc full of the kind of cocktail dresses Matthew Williamson made his name with, but they’ve moved on from the formula of strapless and jewelled/ wafty and maxi with some lovely Christopher Kane style cutwork and folding. It also featured beautiful sheer blouses teamed with embellished pencil skirts, or slinky polo necks layered with shell tops and worn with shimmering gold trousers. It all had just the right measure of Matthew- with chunky jewelled necklaces and rich colour combinations to remind us the King of boho was still behind the steering wheel, but in a much more grown up, less peacocky new guise. Lovely.