Matthew Williamson eschews his signature form-fitting silhouettes and over-the-top embellishment for a much more refined look for Fall 2013. His quintessential brights and bohemian flair are still at play, though given a new modern spin with roomy coats, knee-length peasant skirts, covered skater dresses, and more. Fashion is all about reinvention and with more than fifteen years in the game, this design change is a bit unexpected, but definitely welcome.
As any boho chic gal requires, Williamson is known for his wintry furs, but this collection only shows a few pieces in the cozy texture: a long fur-sleeve, zip-front cardigan, grey collarless pieced coat, and a long printed vest with a fur panel. The rest of the selections are bright, yet ladylike — the brand’s customers will surely stand out for the season, but won’t be at all “fierce” in these retro-inspired toppers.
The same ruffle-hem, peasant skirt silhouette pops up again and again in chartreuse, floral, sheer fabrics, and more. It continues the brand’s boho sensibility, though sometimes skewing a bit matronly when paired with roomy knits and boatneck sweaters.
Prints are on high from chevron to floral, sometimes making us all forget that these pieces are meant for Autumn and not the warm temperatures of Spring and Summer.
Williamson saves the embellishment for evening wear. Sequin gowns accented with colorful fringe, sparkling floor-length skirts, dip-dye frocks: not sure which Hollywood starlet will gravitate toward these looks, but Nicole Richie’s hippie chic fashion sense might bode well with the designs.
Are you feeling Matthew Williamson’s latest collection?