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4. Matthew Williamson

Halfway between cartoon and couture, Matthew Williamson got his fancy schmancyness* out for Autumn/Winter ’14. With Danielle Scutt newly appointed as the artistic head of the brand, his knack for bohemia took a warped and wonderful turn into starbursts and crystals and jumpsuits (oh my!).

As a product of the Seventies himself, Williamson’s collection was a roaring homage to the decade. It was Studio 54 at its peak…the intellectual party girls on their biggest night out, dressed to be noticed. I want it all. Including the shop floor-friendly trickled items that have yet to be revealed.

* It’s a word.

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met bar lfw
Like every good fashion journalist, I spent last night preparing for London Fashion Week by ordering multiple cocktails at The Metropolitan’s infamous Met Bar.

Over London Fashion Week, Kate Moss’ old haunt will be offering five limited edition cocktails inspired and co-created with some of the hautest designers of the moment.

Varying between £12-14.50, these cocktails are a ride and a half. From concept to consumption, each drink is a work of art.

The Cinnamon Spice & All Things Nice (inspired by Matthew Williamson) kicked things off with orange rum, caramelised citrus fruits, cinnamon and passion fruit, mirroring the designer’s frequent Caribbean and Indian influences.

The Velvet Underground, inspired by Tom Ford and his signature colour palette, is a blend of Tanqueray with blueberries, raspberries, sugar and lime juice. The taste antithesis of Burberry-inspired ‘The Bailey’; creamy hazelnut liquor with butterscotch and vodka.

Personal favourites were, of course, champagne based; The Rebel Without A Cause – a delicious concoction of Hendrick’s, Chambord, Rose champagne, lemonade, rosebud ice cubes and Vivienne Westwood femininity – and The Quintessential Rock Star – Paul Smith‘s signature stripes replicated in a flute of Blue Curaçao, passion fruit syrup and champagne.

If you’re lucky enough to have a show invitation on hand, you will even receive a 20% discount. Time you get your drink on, fashionistas.

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Guinevere Van Seenus Miu Miu

Guinevere Van Seenus for Miu Miu

  • Looking good, Guinevere van Seenus! As you can probably tell, the ‘aged’ model has replaced 14-year-old actress Hailee Steinfeld as the face of Miu Miu. The upcoming resort ads were styled by Joe McKenna and lensed by David Sims.

  • Following in the footsteps of Giambattista Valli, Matthew Williamson, and Karl Lagerfeld, Macy’s has just tapped Doo-Ri Chung to be their next collaborator in the masstige market. His line will be launched on February 15th, and will hopefully be filled with his incredibly flattering cuts! (Trench coats, please, please, please).

  • In the past week, stock in Ugg boots has fallen an enormous 39%, with Crocs lagging not too far behind.

  • Tom Ford’s documentary, Tom Ford: Visionaries, airs tonight on OWN (nice job, Oprah), and looks as though it will finally offer an intimate, rare look at the fashion plate’s creative and personal processes.

  • Remember Karl Lagerfeld’s muse, Baptiste Giabiconi? Well, he is now a contestant on the French version of Dancing With The Stars and is often seen in body glitter. We can only hope Uncle Karl ends up in the audience at some point.

  • France’s First Lady, model/actress/singer Carla Bruni, just gave birth to her first child with President Nicolas Sarkozy at 43 years old. She was born at the Clinique de la Muette and her name is Giulia – congratulations, you two!

  • Now she is presumably finished with her role as the face of beauty company Mark, actress Ashley Greene has just been announced as the new face of DKNY and DKNY Jeans. Look forward to seeing the beautiful brunette in the brand’s Spring/Summer 2012 ad campaigns.

  • This has to be the greatest piece of marketing, ever. Rico/Rick Genest (aka Zombie Boy) paired up with cosmetics company Dermablend to create a video which covers his entire tattooed boy in ‘new skin’, and effectively proves their Leg and Body Cover to be the best concealer in the world. Their “Beyond The Cover” video campaign is the greatest thing my dark circles have ever seen.

  • London Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2011 was un-be-lie-va-ble. I made some amazing friends, drank too many lattes, and got to secretly celebrate the fashion of my favourite city in the world. Click the photos above for my Blackberry roundup. Click the XX links below for the reviews of my favourite shows.

    Friday

    Orla Kiely XX
    Caroline Charles XX
    Hannah Marshall XX
    PPQ XX

    Saturday

    Twenty8Twelve XX
    Topshop Unique XX
    BodyAmr XX

    Sunday

    Mulberry XX
    Mary Katrantzou XX
    Charlie Le Mindu XX
    Basso and Brooke XX
    Vivienne Westwood Red Label XX
    Matthew Williamson XX

    Monday

    Roksanda Ilincic XX
    Meadham Kirchhoff XX
    Erdem XX
    Giles XX
    Holly Fulton XX
    Nicole Farhi XX

    Tuesday

    Fashion East XX
    Burberry Prorsum XX
    Marios Schwab XX

    Matthew Williamson LFW Runway
    Matthew Williamson might hate the label, but boho luxe is his golden ticket, and he delivered this season with billowing maxi dresses. Besides the clothes themselves, the fact that he chose the Battersea Power Station as his backdrop put him very near and dear to my heart.

    Inspired by the idea of being shipwrecked, Williamson’s girl would be lucky enough to wear an urban wardrobe teeming with easy-to-wear items, sprinkled with his trademark embellishment and girlish charm. The tailored pieces mark a new string to Williamson’s bow, but it’s still the dresses where he really gets into his stride. View Post