LFW Spring 2012: Matthew Williamson’s Turning Japanese
The Scene: It will forever more be known as the ultimate runway: the Tate Modern’s expansive five storey high and seemingly endless Turbine Hall served as Matthew’s show space. Exciting because he’s the first fashion designer to ever show there.
The Look: All things Japanese, a recurring theme this week. Blossom prints abounded—some were made of miniature Tokyo night scenes inserted into silhouetted flowers; others were reduced and flipped vertically to make mirror images (inkblot trend alert!).
Those bright prints were paired this season with neon Lucite heels by Charlotte Olympia, and to add to the Oriental feel she lined Lucite box clutches with exotically printed silk pouches.
There are certain things you know Matthew will deliver: something neon, something beaded or bedazzled, loud prints, feathers, and lots of party dresses. This season he added something new in addition to the far east feel: refined, more fitted shapes. Case in point: a sleeveless column shirt dress made infinitely less caftan-ish with strong tailoring at the hips and shoulders. As a whole, the collection was a strong message that these days his lady mixes her sharp blazer and freshly blown out hair with her brightly floral maxi dress.
The Pieces We Want: The tissue thin evening dresses, and the Charlotte Olympia heels in bright lime, after some serious practicing of how to walk in them. We say aim high!
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