It was a London Fashion Week first last night as a star-studded fashion crowd (we were sat opposite Anna Della Russo and Rachel Zoe… Sienna and Emma Roberts were also in the building) piled into the Tate Modern for Matthew Williamson’s Spring/Summer collection, and when the lights dimmed and the first look filed out (a punchy orange tailored jacket with a fluid button-down maxi shirt dress) under a glaring spotlight the contrast with the Turbine Hall’s industrial grey was spectacular. As were the coordinating printed and colour block shoes designed for the first time this season by fellow Brit designer Charlotte Olympia (all of which we want…like now!)
As the show played out Matthew stuck to his strengths of bold prints (varying from florals to ikat-esque) in vibrant pink, orange, yellow and electric blue and also more subdued green and khaki separates. Intricate beading and fringing embellished throughout- shell trim necklines on a jacket and dresswere a personal favorite and no one could ignore the killer clutches and head-turning fringe bags that complemented both the day and evening looks but it was thefinal look of the collection, a bright orange fringe and jewel encrusted gown worn by model of the week Anja Rubik that stole the show, a matter myself and MW’s muse Sienna agree on.
- Catherine Nieto