"Wonderland" was the working title for Matthew
Williamson's whirlpool of rainbow sequins, lace, mesh
Contrary to fashion's current mood of pared-down chic, Williamson showed a large selection of paillette-encrusted skirts, tops with glittery messages such as "Drink Me," ruched gold clam-diggers, and cropped sweatshirts and miniskirts with shiny embroidered playing cards. There were also puzzling Playboy bunny-like leather aprons, miniature furs, ravaged tulle skirts, Jackson Pollock-inspired paint-splattered dresses, and a couple of red coats with a ladylike bow that looked lost amidst the sea of over-the-top decoration. Some of Williamson's pieces will add a whimsical and extravagant touch to staid wardrobes, but as a whole the collection seemed oddly out of sync with the fashion moment.