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Models in Matthew Williamson at his Spring 2011 showing. Photos: AP

DESIGNER: Matthew Williamson

INSPIRATION: Shipwrecked, but with a suitcase full of fabulous clothes to throw on while you send smoke signals.

Williamson lightened the heavier structured tailored pieces from his autumn/winter collection to create something altogether more feminine and fun for spring. The leopard print weave strapless bustier dress with matching jacket was a standout; the collarless jacket falling away from strong shoulders for effortless elegance,while long, high-waisted, wide-legged trousers gave new legs to nautical styling.

He might hate the label, but boho luxe is Williamson's bread and butter, and he delivered this season with billowing maxi dresses. A canary yellow silk chiffon version featured twisted shoulder straps and a draped caped back that was perfect for beachside cocktails, while a densely sequined minidress with lustrous snakeskin finish is sure to get light bulbs flashing on the red carpet.

Sienna Miller and Olivia Palermo were on hand to cherry pick their party dresses for the season ahead.

It takes a lot of create a sense of excitement amongst fashion week's jaded audiences, but the crumbling structure of Battersea Power Station provided a jaw-dropping backdrop for Williamson's return to London Fashion Week.

And the clothes? She might have been strayed on a desert island, but Williamson's girl was a little more streetwise, with an urban wardrobe teeming with easy-to-wear items, sprinkled with his trademark embellishment and girlish charm. The tailored pieces marks a new string to Williamson's bow, but it's the dresses – whether flirty cocktail or hippie deluxe maxi –where he really gets into his stride.

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