In a theme tantamount to everything that is the Matthew Williamson brand, bohemian, beach-ready shapes and a heady mix of high-summer prints set the tone for spring/summer 2014. Pair this though with a playful childlike innocence found in hand drawn patterns of floral and dragonflies and cemented by girls from the Capital Children’s Choir opening the show.
Cute though the initial proceedings were, Matthew acknowledges that his clientele is growing up. Sure, the MW girls still suns herself in the free-spirited Balearics, but she’s a career woman too. Cue a myriad of relaxed monochrome tailoring with accents of a coral button-over jacket with cropped pants and a sharp shirt tucked in to a beautifully appliquéd pencil skirt. A dirtied lime also appeared in the form of silk Capri pants, worn with a beautiful pale yellow bomber jacket covered in an another appliqué floral.
Knee-length skirts were a focus point, adding a sensibility to the collection, freshened up by their print-on-print pairings with embroidered t-shirts, vests or matching jacket.
Tone on tone ensembles featured throughout, creating a bold yet soothing palette of Mediterranean colours. The coral and an accompanying icy peach worked particularly well together as did the blues morphing from electric to cobalt and the palest sky in amongst the swathes of dramatic fabric.
The drama continued of course into the finale – it wouldn’t be a Matthew Williamson collection without lengths of opulence silks and chiffon trailing behind the statuesque models now would it? Racer backs and simple t-shirt shapes kept things vacation-inspired but the almost batik-style all-over-prints added a more considered approach. The piece de resistance had to be any icy blue-white gown, complete with delicate skirt layers and exquisite embroidery featuring once again the collection’s signature dragonfly motif.