Matthew Williamson’s show was set to be a scorcher before it even started, with paps lurking outside the venue two hours before showtime and surly looking bodyguards keeping careful watch over blacked-out cars. Upstairs, at Cannon Place, the scene was set with Indian garlands draped from the ceilings and miniature lanterns to light up the catwalk.
Williamson’s spring collection marks 15 years since his first, Electric Angels, which famously featured Kate Moss, Jade Jagger, and Helena Christensen. He returned to his flashy boho roots, taking inspiration from India and the Festival of Colors. Cara Delevigne opened the show in culotte shorts and a navy top with a lightweight blazer in the watercolor print that would dominate the show. Explosive color combinations moved from navy and green to blue and purple, and finally to hot pink and orange.
American artist Shane McAdams’ landscapes were also cited as an inspiration. His tranquil scenes of Tibet and Kerala looked as though they were melted into silk, while the Hamsa hand was painstakingly worked onto the sleeves of chiffon shirts. Mirror embroidery and sparkling beads, too, appeared throughout the collection—a true riot of color.