(Story with Lisa Panke)
Matthew Williamson: True Colors
What does Vogue do, when it wants to celebrate iconic British designer Matthew Williamson‘s new collection at CB2? Throw a party, of course.
The event was held at the CB2 Soho store in conjunction with Vogue VIP. (And if you haven’t gotten your new Clare V. clutch, what are you waiting for? (Our publisher is calling it his new “navy suede hunting pouch” to macho it up, although the only thing he hunts for is parking spaces in L.A.: insert rimshot.)
You know Williamson as (among other things), the former creative director for Emilio Pucci … or possibly via his collaboration with Prince for the “Chelsea Rogers” video.
He’s a designer of phantasmagoric color combinations that live somewhere between Fauvism and 1969 Joni Mitchell.
But you may know him better as a designer of phantasmagoric color combinations that live somewhere between Fauvism and what one might expect to see in Joni Mitchell‘s apartment circa 1969. Or — as we got to see at the CB2 opening — simply a gentle person, alive with brilliant ideas.
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Attendees sipped lychee martinis, champagne, and nibbled on little bites like butternut squash cucumbers and curry chicken tacos. On-the-go screen-printing was also available for guests, so they could take home a canvas tote customized with the British flag in Matthew’s signature prints.
There was also a cutting-edge photo booth by TheBosco.com.
Williamson created this line of furniture interiors and home accessories for CB2, which can be shopped here. The collection includes flamingo table toppers, gold accents, and rich turquoises and pinks. If interiors aren’t your thing, Williamson also designs ready-to-wear clothing and stationary.
Williamson created this line of furniture interiors and home accessories for CB2.
When I spoke to Williamson, he was polished, polite, and so charming.
“Do you own any of the CB2 pieces,” I asked? “Of course!” he said, laughing. “I have the Atol Bamboo Table, and I didn’t realize at first the legs screwed off. So now, when I’m between Spain and my newly purchased home in London, I take it with me!”