After the exotic landscapes and riotous colours of Matthew’s summer collection – an ode to India to celebrate his 15 years – you might expect another collection stirred by wanderlust. But it was the faded upholstery of this much-loved old sofa (pictured above) that sparked his imagination, and became the collection’s underlying theme. A flash of inspiration can strike anywhere, after all, and this season it was not the exotic climes of Kerala but Matthew’s house in North London. When he moved last year, the roses in the sofa’s tapestry seemed fresh again, and caught his eye, as the idea of an English rose began to play upon his imagination for the autumn/winter 2013 collection. When he shared this with his studio, the possibilities of the jacquard began to take flight… Each rose would be hand-embellished with thousands of tiny beads, raising its orange, burgundy and magenta colour combination to almost 3D like effect. A cluster of crystals combine at the centre. And even without the embroidery, the modern juxtaposition of hot and cold colours in both styles of the jacquard mean it makes for a modern look – fluorescent orange and fuchsia against muted navy, while brightest yellow, teal and shots of metallic gold thread shine through the simple ecru fabric. Just as Matthew’s muse – the modern English Rose – seeks brave new adventures in her travels, the jacquard itself is modernised through colour, embellishment and its final manifestation in simple, tailored shapes that let the fabric speak for itself.