Profile: Matthew Williamson
With London a melting pot of talented designers and established brands, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to picking your favourite fashion labels. However, someone who never fails to disappoint when it comes to setting the fashion world alight is British designer Matthew Williamson. Having just showcased his latest collection at London Fashion Week, we thought what better time to take a look at the man behind the name.
When it comes to fashion creations that inject colour, create signature prints and make stand-out embellishments, Matthew Williamson leads the way. Born in Manchester in 1971, he grew up with an eye for fashion, and at the age of 17, moved to London to attend Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, where he graduated in 1994 with a BA in Fashion Design and Printed Textiles.
Three years later, Matthew’s luxury fashion house ‘Matthew Williamson Ltd’ was founded, (along with CEO Joseph Velosa), and soon after, the designer debuted his ‘Electric Angels’ collection at London Fashion Week. The show consisted of just 14 vibrant looks that were worn by models including Kate Moss, Helena Christensen and Jade Jagger, which made a huge impact on the fashion world and sealed his name in the industry.
Matthew’s attention to detail is exquisite and over the years he’s perfected the art of creating feminine designs that inspire and excite. He is perhaps most famously known for his iconic peacock print and neon butterfly designs, which have been worn by celebrities including Britney Spears and Katy Perry to name but a few. Even royalty have favoured his fashion with the Duchess of Cambridge stepping out in one of Matthew’s embellished Peplum dresses. Matthew says; “The Matthew Williamson woman is feminine and sexy, fun and free-spirited, with a laid-back approach to glamour.”
The designer has an array of fashion awards to his name, and over the years has collaborated with a number of brands and stores, including launching an affordable ‘Butterfly’ range with high-street giants Debenhams and a limited-edition make-up palette with beauty favourites Benefit. He’s even recently gone international and teamed up with Swedish high-street chain Lindex to launch a new collection.
His latest designs for AW14 see Matthew stepping away from the feminine prints he’s renowned for and instead opting to experiment with 70s-inspired designs that embody power with a playful edge. Think sequins, big fur and Studio 64 for the ultimate in high-glamour inspiration. Catwalk highlights included silver chain mini-dresses, bright patterned skin-tight jumpsuits and oversized fur capes with two-tone colour for added attitude. Stars and stripes also played their part in the show, with the catwalk being turned into an eye-catching monochrome runway.
Speaking of his recent show and the inspiration behind the collection, he says; “I was drawn to the glamorous women of the 1970s: patterns, textures and a rich palette capture the optimism and exuberant spirit of this era.”
Matthew is clearly loved by stars all over the globe, including Oliver Palermo, the Delevigne sisters, Ellie Goulding and his muse Sienna Miller. And the feeling is mutual. Speaking of Sienna he says; “We would still be mates even if I sold sandwiches for a living”. A world without Matthew Williamson clothes? We dread to think!
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Images courtesy of londonfashionweek.co.uk