28 posts tagged "Matthew Williamson"
London fashion week begins its comedown tonight—tomorrow, the men get their day—and over the course of the shows, we’ve noticed something unexpected: the gangbusters return of fringe. We’ll leave it to the sages to explain why, but at labels as disparate as Holly Fulton (above left), Mark Fast (above right), Nicole Farhi (below left), Giles (below center), and Matthew Williamson (below right), the strands have been swinging. Ironically, the young-designers’ lab Fashion Fringe, which stages a seasonal show of the best and brightest of the up-and-comers, featured no fringe at all. Turns out not all prophecies are self-fulfilling.
At Matthew Williamson’s Resort presentation last week, we couldn’t help but notice that the master of beachy prints and flowing caftans seemed to be feeling a more urban beat. The Resort collection is full of great separates, but most seemed fitter for a staycation than a jaunt to the tropics.
Island-hoppers shouldn’t worry. Williamson isn’t abandoning the pieces his fans still clamor for; he’s expanding them into their own collection. For pre-spring (i.e., Resort, in stores in late autumn), he’s launching Matthew Williamson Escape, which he calls “a complete capsule wardrobe of luxury pieces for the high summer season.” That means breezy print jumpsuits, dresses, and caftans, along with tie-front maillots, cover-ups, and paper bag-waist shorts. Everything, in other words, you might have missed among his usual Resort offerings.
It’s a week before Fox unveils the seventh season of So You Think You Can Dance, and the show’s hostess is on the phone with a confession. “The first dress I bought where I thought I had gone completely mad was an Alexander McQueen,” Cat Deeley tells Style.com. “It was the most beautiful dress I had ever seen, like I had gone up to my grandmother’s attic and opened a trunk and pulled out this treasure of millions of layers of white tulle. It looked like a fairy-tale rock princess’s dress. I spent a fortune on it. But it’s so over the top that I’ve never, you know, actually worn it.”
Huh? This from the hostess of a weekly Fox dance-off?
But Deeley’s enviable wardrobe is reason enough for fashion-minded viewers to tune in, however they feel about splits and pliés. She’s quietly brought Balenciaga, Christian Dior, YSL, and Givenchy to prime time. “I like to have fun with what I wear on the show,” Deeley says. “People either love it or hate it, but they always have strong opinions about it. And, for me, that’s what fashion should be about.”
Even with more designers—especially countrymen like Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, Stella McCartney, Matthew Williamson, Alice Temperley, and Giles Deacon—making their collections available to her, Deeley says she still picks up many of her ensembles at vintage stores on the road during auditions. (She’s also got a strong feeling for French designers like Roland Mouret, Isabel Marant, and Lanvin.) So, what’s on deck for next Thursday? “I never know what I am going to actually wear until the morning of the show,” she explains. “I go into the studio and see how I’m feeling—ballsy or not? Then I pick the outfit and turn to my makeup team with detailed scenarios—like, think Talitha Getty in Morocco or Jerry Hall meeting Andy Warhol. That’s how we do it. I’ve definitely put some crazy things together in my time.” So why not wear the McQueen dress after all? “It’s so over the top that everyone would literally turn around and say I’ve gone clinically insane,” she laughs. “Maybe instead I will just get it framed.” Continue Reading “The Must-Watch Show For Runway Fanatics Is…So You Think You Can Dance?!” »
Vodka-inspired fashion may sound like a terrible idea, but leave it to Matthew Williamson to make even the slightly soused look chic. His new pink caftan (pictured) is inspired by Belvedere’s new pink grapefruit flavor. [WWD]
Congratulations to Marc Jacobs president Robert Duffy, who married his partner, Alexis Cespedes, last week and nabbed that most coveted wedding accessory—no, not the ring, the Times announcement. [NYT]
Is Deacon in at Ungaro? Following a week of rampant Internet speculation, Jason Campbell says (rather, tweets) yes. [Fashionista]
A convenient truth: Santa Monica Place shopping center will be home to the world’s first LEED-certified Louis Vuitton store. [Racked]
The new age of media, part 1: Longtime W creative director Dennis Freedman will leave the magazine. [WWD]
The new age of media, part 2: The Times takes a moment to celebrate these rising young stars called bloggers! Have you ever heard of such a thing? But we are glad to see Fashionologie‘s Tommye Fitzpatrick get a deserved nod. [NYT]
News that should make the tweens of the world squeal: Blair Waldorf will wear Matthew Williamson (pictured) in an upcoming episode of Gossip Girl, and Williamson is returning the favor by having GG costume designer Eric Daman do the windows of his Meatpacking District store. [WWD]
The Richemont Group—which owns Cartier, Chloé, and Dunhill—has officially made a £350 million offer to buy Net-a-Porter. We could make some corporate comment, but really, more Chloé on N-a-P doesn’t bother us a bit. [Vogue U.K.]