Matthew Williamson can always be relied upon to bring colour to a collection. While other designers this season have been delivering murky and moody shades, Williamson didn't hold back with the paintbox for Autumn Winter 2010, and a good thing to.
Neon pink coats, slinky tangerine dresses, regal purple capes and suede jackets and skirts in blush tones instantly added heat to his collection. Meanwhile sludgy greens, dark navy blues and nudes offset the brights, to bring a slightly more formal and sophisticated feel to his polished pieces.
Known for his love of photographic prints and floaty maxi dresses, Williamson managed to hold back on his signature looks this season and we were only subjected to one or two full length evening numbers and a smattering of patterned frocks. While prints were not in short supply, they did at least provide a point of interest for the eye. And, to be honest, it really wouldn't be a Williamson show without them. Instead, sparkle and spangle made up for the majority of evening wear, ensuring the glam-loving Williamson woman was kept happy.
Coats were either cropped, full-length or, for the indecisive customer, one layered over the other. Flicked out tails were a standout feature, as were loose ruffles that wound round the body. Contrasting leather sleeves appeared on the catwalk, as they have done on numerous other occasions this week, and tailored suits were proof Williamson has taken a minimalist approach to design for next winter.
Having returned to London last season, it is evident that Williamson has spent the last 10 years showing in New York where any flaws in collections just don't wash. And certainly won't sell. As such, this collection was as immaculately presented and styled as you would imagine a seasoned New York designer would be.