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Catwalk Review: Matthew Williamson Spring/Summer 2012

matthew-williamson-london-fashion-week-catwalk-spring-2012All things bright and beautiful at Matthew Williamson. Photos: PA

WHO? Matthew Williamson

IN A NUTSHELL: The designer professed an obsession with oriental textiles and ceramics led to a collection filled with his signature embellishment and plenty of loud and proud prints.

BEG, BORROW OR STEAL: Mr Williamson is known for his Ibiza-worthy party frocks and this collection is no exception. Thigh-scraping dresses in juicy brights were adorned with tufted ostrich feathers and dense beading. We also loved the vertiginous silk heels created in collaboration with MyDaily shoe crush Charlotte Olympia.

F-ROW: Always a celeb fest, this season saw Rachel Zoe, Anna Wintour, Gizzi Erskine, Poppy Delevigne and, of course, BFF Sienna Miller
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VERDICT:
Matthew has been a fixture on the LFW catwalk for a while now and there are certain elements that you come to expect; the neons, the more is more attitude to embellishment and the assumption that most women's wardrobes consist largely of party attire. But one trade mark was dropped this season, and that's his reputation for boho luxe. It was replaced by an approach to design that felt a lot more form-fitting and modern - making the show's Tate Modern setting feel very apt indeed.