matthew williamson pre-fall | moroccan magic.

Jan 22, 2015

From looking at this 'sun-bleached' Pre-Fall 2015, it is clear that London-based designer Matthew Williamson did his research. By looking towards the exotic locale of Morocco, he recognized the country's association with 'wanderlust, exuberance, and romanticism'. A daring identity could easily be another association with the city of Marrakech, as reflected through the plentiful amount of geometric prints and unrestrained use of color. The collection, as well as the locale it drew inspiration from, evokes a sense of adventure in itself. For someone like me, who has a palpable sense of wanderlust, Morocco is high on the list of places I'd love to visit. And with Williamson's carefully-controlled flamboyance, vivid use of color, and desirable prints, Morocco's reputation as an art-infused country is even greater. The key to Williamson's artfully-executed portrayal of a country is his lack of cultural appropriation, as many a brand have been guilty of in the past. Instead, with a delicate combination of being tasteful and producing covetable fashion, Williamson's Pre-Fall collection is, as many a critic has suggested, a success.

"The lean terracotta-hued waffle knit cardigans and fluid, split-sleeved silk blouses are sure to lend just the right amount of retro charisma to a modern woman’s wardrobe." – Vogue

Glamour-infused and intricate embellishments, in an array of sleek patterns, covered v-necked T-shirt dresses, while silk-concocted halter dresses were even more alluring. The halter dresses were a particularly strong point of the collection – in particular, I adored the shining silver creation, with a turquoise border (see below, right.) Daywear was a surprising strength, with light dresses and stunningly elegant pantsuits. The daring application of color throughout the collection is commendable – bold magentas, sun-kissed oranges, and other hues reminiscent of Moroccan title and artwork. Tiny mirrorwork is a constant, additional detail to many of the dresses; and one that I was quite taken by. Williamson managed to pull through with a collection that caters to his 'chic, sun-seeking clientele', as Vogue describes them to be, but didn't bridge the gap between gorgeous and unpredictable clothes. A touch of glamour uplifted his usual strategy – but the formula was the same; evening dresses, and feminine silhouettes. Nevertheless, my praise for the collection will outweigh the negatives, with sophistication and fluid transitions between both nightwear and daywear.

What do you think of this collection?

- M

7 comments

  1. So beautiful! Love the colors and prints

    Mel
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  2. The fashion is stunning and chic great post.

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  3. I really love this collection. My favorite is the silver colored dress - culturedmisprint.blogspot.com

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  4. Wow what a beautiful collection!! Love the prints! :)

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