June 17, 2009 New York
Resort found Matthew Williamson in his element: bold prints, tribal beading, barely-there hemlines, and breezy silhouettes, all designed, according to the program notes, for the customer off to her next "hedonistic glamour destination." But for those whose idea of an exotic getaway these days is dim sum in Chinatown, there was still plenty to covet: namely buttery lambskin biker jackets, silk ombré blouses and harem pants, and a top-notch version of the now-ubiquitous chambray jumpsuit. Williamson amped up accessories this season, and to strong effect. Technicolor totes in dizzying kaleidoscope patterns and color-blocked python clutches in Miami Vice hues—priced very competitively, a result of collection-wide reductions—are a fresh alternative to the sensible neutral options we've seen for fall. After all, isn't optimism the new black?
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