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Matthew Williamson Fall 2011 Runway Review

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For Fall 2011, Matthew Williamson was inspired by Russian avant garde artist Francisco Infante-Arana and the inspiration came through loud and clear everywhere from furs and prints, to the designer's color palette and some weighty fabrics. Infante-Arana is best known for photographing mirrored sculptures against various landscapes, which fits in well with Williamson’s affinity for prints, clashing colors, and mixed textures and finishes – all of which reoccurred on dresses, separates, and outerwear in this season’s collection.

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In keeping with what we saw in New York where designers clearly had warmth on their minds, Williamson’s collection featured furs, leather jackets, chunky knit sweaters, and ornate sleeping bag-style coats. For evening, the designer went with sequins, ostrich feathers, elaborate beading, and a Williamson signature to close the collection: a long, boho-style geometric print loosely draped gown with a high slit. 

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While the designer’s patchwork and prints tied into his signature takes on the classic hippie look, he mixed in tough-luxe pieces including quilted skinny leather pants to satisfy those looking for a slightly harder edge look come Fall. 

Photos: Vincenzo Grillo, IMAXtree.

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