Matthew Williamson called his collection "Candy Girls," and indeed it seemed like his models dressed up while in the throes of a delightfully giddy sugar rush. A pastel cotton stripy dress with a boa of ribbons twirling around it was just the beginningnot a single dull look followed.
Williamson divided his show by groups: Pink, blue and yellow shirts with beaded skirts; turquoise, olive and fuchsia cowl-neck dresses; and a series of aqua-and-navy camouflage camisoles that were more op-art than combat all looked fun and lively. Accessories included thick utility belts, some with a shoulder strap (perfect for lip gloss and cigarettes in place of live ammunition), and contrasting stockings in fluorescent colors that drove the girly message home.
The spirit of careless frivolity continued onto the evening pieces, which included everything from a tiny olive miniskirt worn with a military jacket and a ruby medal to flamenco-inspired ruffle dresses. And what better shoes to finish the look than Manolo Blahnik two-tone spikes in rainbow colors?