Autumn Winter 2012 Inspiration
For the Autumn Winter ’12 collection, the imagined Matthew Williamson woman is celebrating the brands 15 year anniversary by way of a decadent ball in an English stately home. The intricately worked pieces focus on a fusion of old and new, rich and naïve, day to evening elements. Inspiration is found in the notion of English eccentric dress-up and refined extravagance and opulence.
Outerwear is seen in chunky gold leaf flecked boucles and graphic wool and lurex weaves, cut into lean and angular shapes. Pastel tones of fox and raccoon are cut into a modern day patchwork, providing the ultimate luxury cover up.
Tailoring remains clean lined, relaxed and languid in shades of deep berry, wedgewood and soft blush wool crepe, whilst similar styles are cut into techno shine wool.
Moving into evening, dresses and separates are once again sharply cut with attention drawn to graphic lines and simplicity. Faberge inspired golden tapestries, flecked with mint green lurex provide intensity and an heirloom like quality. Further decadence is added in the form of vintage jewellery inspired beading with claw stone crystals and fluorescent beads.
Event dressing packs an extravagant punch with column dresses cut from silk chiffons laden with antique silver beads and cutwork in the formation of corroding chandeliers.
A distortion of nature plays a pivotal role through print once again expressing the old and the new. Intricately drawn baroque inspired florals and birds in flight are captured and then fractured with shards of bold block colour inspired by the mixed media works of artist Lola Dupre.