Samana Collection for Osborne & Little
The Maldives, Tulum, Turks and Caicos… Matthew’s trips over the years provide a rich visual feast. This spring, just back from Bali, his mind was abuzz with memories of swaying palm trees and exotic birds. That vision of an island paradise comes together in the ‘Samana’ collection.
As well as his travels, catwalk looks from the archive influenced the prints – the dragonfly emblem of his debut show now dances over wallpaper while the antique jewels of winter 2013 are re-imagined in the graphic Mustique gemstone print. Just like catwalk pieces, the designs are embellished in minute detail: spot the glistening micro beads in the Providencia wallpaper or sparkling holographics to captures gemstones. Wake up in the tropics, come home to paradise… Welcome to the jungle.
See Samana wallpapers here.
The dragonfly emblem first seen on the shoulder of a cashmere cardigan worn by Kate Moss is now re-imagined, making its way onto linen fabric and shimmering wallpaper.
Bird Of Paradise
A bird with fabulous plumage swoops between palm fronds. Exotic birds have become a signature for Matthew Williamson, seen here on a gown modelled by Lily Donaldson at the autumn/winter 2006 show.
The coral islands of Cocos are midway between Australia and Sri Lanka. In this print from the collection, silhouettes of swaying island palms are depicted on linen mix fabric and wallpaper.
Opulent antique jewellery inspired the prints seen on the autumn/winter 2013 catwalk. For Mustique, gemstones are printed in glittering holographic wallpaper or on pure cotton velvet.
Matthew was influenced by iconic English textile designer William Morris for Pre Fall 2014, and named the Rainbow Morris woodland picnic print after him. La Desirade is a similarly elaborate composition of fruit and foliage embroidered on a linen background.
Jungle Beat is an all-over pattern of dense jungle populated with stylised strutting wildlife. Matthew’s travels through Bali this year were no doubt fresh in his mind.
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