The Wild Botanical Skirt
The New York Times’ Suzy Menkes deemed Matthew’s summer collection “as sophisticated as it was well thought out,” noting the dragonfly and floral theme gave it a “sweet serenity.” This print skirt embodies her synopsis. Shades of grey might not be the usual way to illustrate florals, but it emphasises the details. Look at the daisies themselves – hand-drawn to such hyper-real effect you could almost touch their petals. But your eye might play tricks – that stem of a rose? It’s actually made up of tiny veined dragonfly wings.
After hours of pencil illustration, the studio then used a bold felt-tip to highlight petals with childlike playfulness. Monochrome was never going to be muted in the hands of Matthew. It is summer, after all.