Matthew Williamson shares his moodboards exclusively with us...
Glossy haute boho is his heartland and for AW15 our favourite Mancunian made a triumphant return to his roots. Thanks to a venue as ornate and gilded as the Criterion Restaurant in Piccadilly, we just HAVE to give a man who matches the colour of his dresses to the teal velvet stage curtain top marks. Read on for the details that made up the glammest show of the day and take a sneak peek with us at the designer’s gorgeous moodboards…
It Was All About The Clothes, Not The Celebs
We searched in vain for Olivia Palermo, et al. But no. This season, there were only serious fash-packers in evidence. The flashbulbs were replaced by the golden glow of theatrical downlighting. Rich jewel tones looked, well, rich. Sumptuous silk was draped into maxidresses and jumpsuits in shades of emerald, turquoise and fuchsia – perfect for making a billowing entrance from the jet. It all makes sense as soon as you see the man’s moodboards…
High Necklines Are The New Cleavage
The necks of elegant silk dresses and blouses alike were high to the point of being polo – complete with long ties that trailed down models’ backs. Covering up for winter parties – who’d have thought?
Fabric Clash Is Where It’s At
Green and gold brocade cigarette pants look so much more fabulous teamed with a folksy printed jacket – with leopard cuffs, of course.
You Can Work Gold Into Any Accessory
From the gold chain-link belts with tasselled ends, to the small slouchy suede bags with chunky gold chain straps and the gold crescent moon earrings by jeweller Azza Fahmy, the accessories were a luxurious gilt-fest with a Seventies jet-set edge. The only exception were the pointy fringed suede boots by Bionda Castana.
Fluffy Coats And Cuffs Are A Major Trend
They’ve cropped up on a few catwalks but Matthew’s ultra-fluffy Mongolian lamb chubbies in two-tone turquoise and white and the collection’s furry feathery trims were some of the most beautiful we’ve seen.