Matthew Williamson: Matthew Williamson, who celebrates 10 years in the business this season, nearly keeled over on Sunday night when Prince asked if he could perform at his show in Eton Square on Wednesday. The designer, who'd only met the pint-sized singer backstage at his London concert a few weeks before, was thrilled, of course, but never believed it would ever happen.
"The whole thing was so bizarre," said Williamson after the show. "It was only when Prince arrived at the tent that I started to calm down."
Prince performed for free to mark the anniversary, said Williamson's business partner, Joseph Velosa. And a film industry source said the footage from the show would be used in one of Prince's music videos. Prince sang "Chelsea Rodgers," a song in honor of his eponymous muse — who also happens to be a friend of Williamson's, and who modeled in the show.
The impromptu performance was only a taster for the spectacular show that lay ahead. Williamson was inspired this season by an English rose who's decided to ramble around the world. During her journeys, Williamson's urban-hippie nomad dons airy, ruffle-trimmed chiffon dresses, tunics and tops, all with mysterious prints: scribbles, butterfly wings, stars, maps, "Da Vinci Code"-esque letter clues and open books. And when she isn't dressing for intrigue, Williamson's woman is channeling Egyptian princesses and Aztec goddesses. Her shifts are studded with bright beads in zigzag patterns, and her beaded necklace collars come in eye-popping colors. But the collection wasn't all travel and leisure: A silk, fuchsia tea dress with delicate, crushed rosettes circling the waist reminded everyone there's no place like home.
Aquascutum: There were a lot of wearable looks in this sensible collection by Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler: embroidered shifts with cap sleeves, streamlined coatdresses with a single toggle, tailored blazers and shirtdresses with wide, floppy collars. In their most daring moments, the duo played with an Aquascutum classic — the trench — dusting the hems with silver appliqués and splashing hand-painted roses elsewhere. Their kimono-inspired jackets with trench belts, however, were boxy and bulky — a look that most women can do without.
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A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"