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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.

TOP LOOKS:
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.

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

WHAT WE THOUGHT:
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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