Flyaway with Matthew Williamson

by Chris Ho

Sabahans have no reason to complain “I’ve nothing to wear” anymore as celebrated British fashion designer Matthew Williamson descended upon Kuala Lumpur recently. Well known for his scintillating bohemian and abstract designs, Williamson’s creations have been worn by the likes of Madonna, Kiera Knightley, Kate Hudson, Mischa Barton, Sienna Miller, just to name a few.

He was here to officially open Debenhams in Lot 10 as well as launching “Butterfly”, his line of clothing in collaboration with the British departmental store.

Nicknamed the Prince of Prints by fashion critics, the designer says the collection was inspired by a painting he saw during a trip to Rajasthan, India which had butterflies on it. “Butterfly” is a play on his love for colours and prints, mixing these elements with embellishments of stones, beads and sequins; adding to a light and yet vibrant exuberance to the collection – just like the insect.

The million dollar question: Will there be a men’s wear line? Williamson told yours truly, he is indeed starting the collection this summer! I don’t know about you all but girls, it’s time to fly out from your cocoon and experience a fashion metamorphosis!

“Butterfly” by Matthew Williamson is available in Debenhams, Lot 10, Kuala Lumpur. Price range from RM229 (embellished top), RM209 (colourful skirt) to RM119 (bikini top) & RM99 (bottom).

Chris Ho feels that aspiring Sabah models should not wear tiaras to casting calls.

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