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Matthew Williamson Celebrates 15 Years in Fashion With A Slew of New Projects

Matthew Williamson celebrated 15 years in the biz by throwing a festive Indian-inspired show, and launching all sorts of new product categories. We caught up with him before it all went down.

The Clothes: A heavy Indian influence (specifically the Holi festival) permeated the collection--the palette was primarily fuchsia, aqua and orange, and embellished with beading and mirrored appliques. Besides the Indian and Holi festival theme--think dresses that look like they have powder all over them--Williamson collaborated with NYC artist Shane McAdams (who works in ballpoint pen) who helped develop some of the thoroughly modern prints on the dresses. While this was billed as an anniversary collection, he really didn't pull too heavily from his own archives--if anything the color palette was a nod to his first Electric Angels collection in 1997. (The show notes included a fantastic picture of a very young and wholesome looking Kate Moss, who walked his very first show--see below.)

We caught up with the designer at a preview before the show, and learned all sorts of goodies: For the first time ever, Williamson is launching his own shoes, to be shortly followed by bags and interiors (he's recently purchased a house and is really into decorating now.) He also has a fashion film coming out soon on Net-a-Porter starring Sienna Miller, Poppy Delevingne, and ballerinas from the Royal Ballet, among others. His MW diffusion line is also going through some sort of resurrection/rebirth, so stay tuned for more info.

What the Line Sheets Said: "This anniversary collection taps into everything I love about fashion; color, pattern, craftsmanship, feminine silhouettes and attention to detail."

The Hair and Makeup: A simple bun (don't see those much anymore!) and strong brows with heavily lined eyes. The face was otherwise pretty natural.

The Vibe: Festive! Flower garlands hung all over the ceiling of a room in a modern glass building; floor to ceiling windows at the far end of the runway gave showgoers a bird's eye view of London.

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The Front Row: David Gandy, Olivia Palermo, Poppy Delevingne, Zandra Rhodes, various drag queens.

What the Designer Said: "I kind of broadly wanted to make[the collection] reflect my DNA in a way that would make people say ‘Yeah, that’s what he’s about.' We kind of ramped that up, but not specific things from the archive. Maybe more that the color palette [calls to mind] the first show in 1997...I always have to balance fashion for a press audience and a buyer audience. They’re not looking for the same things. It’s that kind of balance--making sure you’ve covered yourself but still stay true."

Celeb We'd Like to See Wearing It: Kate Hudson

WTF Moment: When Kate Moss didn't reprise her role from the first show 15 years ago. Darn it.

Photos: IMAXTree