NYFW: Matthew Williamson
A designer’s front row often echoes the brand’s prestige amongst the press and buying public. Seeing Hollywood’s elite at a given fashion show resonates to the mere mortals that the brand in question must be cool. It would be fair to enquire whether or not those celebrities are paid to be there or are legitimate brand ambassadors, however Williamson has never had trouble finding support amongst his A-list fans. And not one to let us down, Matthew Williamson’s front row was hot, hot, hot, including Rihanna, Brittany Murply, and Will Young sharing the rows with fashion’s top journalists, including Anna Wintour and Susie Menkes.
After a hiatus of one season in London to celebrate his 10 year anniversary and accompanying exhibition, Williamson returned to New York showing his Autumn Winter 2008 collection at the Lux Studios in the Meatpacker’s off 18th Street. Williamson wowed his audience from the first look sent down the runway – a metallic parka worn over an exquisite rose printed silk georgette dress.
In fact the outerwear stole the show. Williamson, who is predominantly known for his colourful prints and gowns, made the parka a key item for next season. Seen in metallic bronze, gunmetal grey, or in waxed form, parka’s were worn over dresses, quilted skirts and cashmere, dressing down an otherwise glamorous collection.
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Williamson’s chunky knitwear, such as cashmere polos and cardigans mixed with prints such as a purple haze dress and computerised floral motifs. Fur trims and on parks and coats will surely please his American and Russian clients as would the beaded sil georgette column dress.