Williamson's slinky simplicity wows followers
Designer Matthew Williamson put on an exuberant display of slinky evening wear at his autumn/winter 2010 collection yesterday at London Fashion Week.
"Absolutely fantastic," said 1960s supermodel Twiggy, whose stellar career has been marked by longevity. "I want about 10 things. I want the harem pants in every colour and also those evening dresses. I love Matthew to death, I think he's a genius."
Actress Sienna Miller also praised his outfits from her front-row perch. "He's taken the brand to a whole new level," said Miller, who showed off her Twenty8Twelve collection, designed with her sister Savannah.
Williamson has gained a reputation as one of London's favourite designers, with his dresses sought out by the party crowd.
The designer experimented with a bold, bright blue, presenting several deceptively simple dresses.
Meanwhile, Jasper Conran kicked off his show with ballooning capes and dresses in wool and flannel worn over bodysuits.
His dramatic spherical coats were inspired by the work of British sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, while details like space-age mirrored sequins were a modern take on the playful shapes of the 1960s.
Unlike some other London shows that stuck to a limited colour palette, Conran's black and greys contrasted with imposing red, orange and blue.