My Favorite Designer 2: Matthew Williamson at London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2010 – from Bohemian Look to High-end Style

Let’s shift our focus to London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2010 which kicked off last Friday on the 19th after New York. I have fallen for our British fashion darling Matthew Williamson, known as “the king of boho” for his brilliant color palette and use of prints to have brought the modern bohemian style, which encapsulates the simple, flowy style of hippies and gypsies to his collections since 2001 Spring/Summer when he launched his collection titled “Wonderland” in which a paillette-encrusted skirt rich in rainbow sequins simply fascinated me. Ibiza inspired hippy bohemian clothes are Williamson’s specialty. Over the past seasons he has been doing Ibiza-chic flooding his designs with bright colors and embellishments, exotic prints, bohemian beading and flowing caftans. His 1970s Ibiza hippy bohemian collection for 2005 Spring/Summer’s a case in point in which a stunning silver floor-length skirt did highlight the theme.

Aurélie Claudel for 2001 Spring/Summer collection “Wonderland”

The model in a silver floor-length skirt for 2005 Spring/Summer collection

Iekeliene Stange for 2007 Spring/Summer collection

The hippy boho look has been Williamson’s trademark whose collections are mostly psychedelic in colors, prints are loud and mirrored sequins glint.

Nevertheless, Williamson chooses to move away from the bohemian look that first shot him to fame and push toward an ever-higher high end style in tis Fall/Winter 2010 collection, which’s the second season since his return to London from New York. “Luxury”s probably the word that best describes his works. In this post you are gonna find luxury everywhere, in the fabrics, in the designs as well as there’re vibrant colors such as sunset yellows, oranges and reds dipping into inky blacks and dazzling prints and embellishments like any Williamson collections along with a variety of coats and dresses, controversial fur, slim-cut leather pants and low-rise harem pants.

“Luxury”s everywhere in the collection such as in the fabrics – the fur. The designer flooded the runway with bright colors like cerulean blues contrasted with ash and charcoal grays.

“Luxury”s also found in the designs such as Karolin Wolter in this beautifully constructed coat that plays with shape and volume.

“Luxury”s everywhere in the collection such as in the fabrics – the leather. Anastasia Kuznetsova in the slim-cut leather pants

Lisanne De Jong in a ruffles shirt and the low rise harem pants

A huge variety of dresses’ included in the collection such as this sexy off-the-shoulder dress made of silk dat the dress draped with it.

Anja Rubik in this brightly colored sleeveless dress in royal blue

“Luxury” can also be found in a variety of Williamson’s striking signature graphic prints.

Lisanne De Jong in a metallic drap’d front gold mini dress

“Luxury”s in the designs such as Anja Rubik in this long evening gown that will no doubt be coming to a red carpet near you.

Ditching the boho for a high-end urban edge’s part of retailers’ war on recession worldwide: offering the clients more luxury and more unique items in the hope of wooing them to shop. And with a market that’s beginning to show signs of recovery, it seems like a prescient move.






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