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Matthew Williamson’s Magic Kaleidoscope Life

British fashion designer Matthew Williamson is the king of color, and sultan of an exuberant, bohemian-inflected glamour of his own invention, that is now such an essential part of the modern style lexicon that we imagine it was always thus.

I’ve long been a fan of Williamson’s designs and enamored of his Indian swami looks — which must have rubbed off whilst the Englishman was traveling through. They suit him in every way for the magic kaleidoscope life he leads. It is a singular life, and a Technicolor example of what it looks like when all the pieces of you line up.

Williamson, who once said, “My design philosophy is to make women feel like peacocks,” found his visual native tongue in his travels to India and Bali. Those influences are still evident in his work, which drips with vibrant color, pattern and embellishment. Williamson knows how to work a frock. Slip one on and you are transported, back to the dress-up box, and the fairytale magic that found you there.


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Color Is The New Black

Color ruled the Spring/Summer 2012 runway, and sent me running toward a new idea: that maybe color could be as easy to wear as basic black. Now fall is upon us, and there’s no sign of the color trend abating any time soon. As someone who was born to wear strong, saturated color, I consider this very good news.

For seasons, I’ve admired the sleek look of an outfit in a limited palette of neutrals, black and white (with blush tossed in to give your neutrals a little “pop”), but all the while, I instinctively felt that something was missing. My black and neutral wardrobe was polished, but it wasn’t bold and it wasn’t vibrant — the very things I knew I really was on the inside, and I wanted to let these things show. So when Spring/Summer 2012 rolled around, with its surfeit of color in every shade and hue, I was more than a little motivated to prove my little madcap “color-is-the-new-black” theory true. And so, I set about rebooting my wardrobe, combining old items in unexpected ways, and mixing-in the occasional new find.


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