By Invitation Only

Dress the part for every date in your diary.
16th May 2014

Matthew Williamson SS14 Dragonfly Gown
The summer season has transformed. As well as weddings and Wimbledon, there are now festivals and dusk-till-dawn galas. It really is one long party, with endless excuses to dress up. We have been through our diaries, rifled our wardrobes and jotted down inspiration. This month we’re looking at art and music events with studio sketches to inspire your look. Next month, get your game on for polo and racing.

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flower shows
The London season officially opens with the Chelsea Flower Show. Never a more perfect place to debut summer’s daisy lace and 3D embroidered florals. The show gardens are sure to inspire your sartorial choices for the rest of the season…
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RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 20th-24th May
RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, 8th – 13th July 2014

Matthew Williamson SS14 Daisy Lace Olive Dress
Matthew Williamson SS14 Daisy Lace Olive Dress
Matthew Williamson SS14 3D Flower Bracelet
Matthew Williamson SS14 Daisy Lace White Dress


The music festival has moved on from Brit pop and beer tents to bellinis and Beyonce. But mud remains, so avoid a maxi dress, however much the hippy vibe appeals when packing. Take easy cotton dresses, vibrant print scarves and peacock wellies, of course. A rainbow of sunglasses are the perfect way to change your look and hide all-nighter eyes. If ever there were a festival that knew style, this Cornish weekend with its Wardrobe Department curated by the British Fashion Council, is just the place to prove your own.
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Port Eliot Festival 24th – 27th July 2014
Farr Festival 18th – 20th July 2014

Matthew Williamson Festival SS14 Sketch
Matthew Williamson Textured Cotton Shift Dress SS14
Matthew Williamson Aviator Sunglasses SS14
Matthew Williamson SS14 Leopard Spot Scarf

Nothing says summer quite like a floor-length silk gown to sweep through the night until the sun comes up. This hot red gown is destined for the spotlight. We can just imagine it on a starry night in Cannes. Closer to home, the intricate pleats of the Abstract Flight gown are worthy of a heroine from La Traviata at Glyndebourne. Add a pop of colour in your clutch.
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Glyndebourne Festival 17th May – 24th August 2014
Cannes Film Festival 14th – 25th May

Matthew Williamson SS14 Summer Chiffon Twisted Collar Gown
Matthew Williamson SS14 Summer Chiffon Twisted Collar Gown
Matthew Williamson SS14 Abstract Flight Gown
Matthew Williamson SS14 Floral Sleeve Gown

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” So said Henry James and regardless of whether you have a glamorous party or a casual picnic, dress the part. Summer will fade but your memories (and the outfits!) will last forever.The End

See the full set of sketches on Grazia.

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