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Matthew Williamson Donates Dress to Charity

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Matthew WilliamsonMatthew Williamson has donated one of his designs to charity. The British designer has gifted his Tokyo Blossom Crepe Dechine Utility Column bespoke print dresses to the Kids Company Mad Hatters silent auction, which will be held in London next Wednesday.

The star studded charity event - to be hosted by The Hub - will also feature donations including a red Saffiano lux bag from Prada and a bag from Max Mara with sponsorship from Reiss, Moet and the Morgan Hotel Group. Guests expected to attend the exclusive auction include models David Gandy and Lily Cole, Contagion star Gwyneth Paltrow, music producer Mark Ronson and fashion designer Stella McCartney.

Funds raised will go to Kids Company which provides practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children.

Matthew recently revealed he was star struck the first time Jade Jagger called up to ask to buy one of his skirts after seeing it in Vogue:

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Quote of the Day: Matthew Williamson On Kate Middleton

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Fashion designer Matthew Williamson Kate Middleton

"Kate isn’t a fashion bunny. I don’t know why everyone in fashion is waiting to see what she wears. I’m, like, thinking: get over it."

- English fashion designer Matthew Williamson on the future duchess, Kate Middleton.

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Matthew Williamson to Launch Diffusion Line

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Matthew Williamson is launching a diffusion line.

The British designer - whose styles are often seen on the likes of Sienna Miller and Cat Deeley - is creating a range with Italian company the Mariella Burani Fashion Group, in a move which he believes couldn’t be timed better.

“It will be womenswear but all will be revealed in due course - watch this space. It just felt right - we’ve been here for 13 years and it’s time to take the label further. We’re ready for it now.”

“That’s a good question, it’s still being worked on at the moment. I’m just a workaholic - I just needed even more to do,” he said when asked what the collection would encompass.

The label’s chief executive Joseph Velosa believes the new clothing range will be seen in a similar way to Marc by Marc Jacobs and See by Chloe: “It will carry all the essence of the Williamson woman but it’ll be for her younger sister and at a lower price point. We’ve been around for a long time and this is the next step.”

The collection is due for release in February 2011.

Project Runway Welcomes Tory Burch

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Fashion Designers, News,

Tory BurchOver the past few weeks, has invited both Matthew Williamson and Georgina Chapman (Marchesa) to guest as a judge on the reality show. This time around, it will be Tory Burch’s turn.

During her appearance, the American fashion designer - who is widely known for her tunics and Reva ballet flats - will challenge the contestants to design outfits for children.

“Tory is such a successful designer because her collections, for girls and their moms alike, are both aspirational and accessible,” Jane Chan, Runway’s executive producer explained to People.

Burch - who coincidentally appeared in the same Gossip Girl episode as Chapman last fall - can be seen this Thursday @ 10:00 on Lifetime.

Matthew Williamson to Launch Menswear

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Matthew Williamson is venturing into menswear.

The British designer, who dresses the likes of actress Sienna Miller and TV presenter Cat Deeley, is heading into the world of men’s clothes following on from a successful collection with high street store .

“I wanted to start a menswear line of slim-fitting, luxury cashmere jumpers in a range of great colors. I know these jumpers will become season-less staples in my own wardrobe. Cashmere and silk printed scarves and hand-beaded T-shirts compliment the line and form a solid foundation for the collection to grow next season.”

The clothes, which will be unveiled for , will be expanded seasonally and will be available at London’s Harrods department store and Matthew Williamson shops.

Matthew previously revealed that his passion for fashion started at an early age: “I wanted to be a designer from the age of about 11. There was never any question in my mind. I just knew. I remember my sister couldn’t decide if she wanted to be a nurse or a teacher, and I was like, ‘How do you not know?’”

Matthew Williamson Credits Career Highlight to Prince

Prince performs at Matthew Williamson's 10th anniversary showBritish fashion designer Matthew Williamson‘s career highlight was Prince performing at his show.

The highly-regarded fashion designer says that the most rewarding moment of his working life was being asked by the eccentric pop star if he could sing during his renowned 2007 catwalk show, which received a standing ovation.

“Coming in at number one for me would be my 10th-anniversay show for Spring/Summer ‘08. Just 48 hours before kickoff, my PR received a phone call from Prince’s people, saying he wanted to perform at my show.”

As excited as he was, the 37-year-old designer admits that he was unprepared for the pop star’s unusual demands: “He wanted a stage to be built and we were told he needed a white room backstage. We had a black room, but, apparently, he wouldn’t go into that. So we literally staple-gunned white over black fabric. On the day, his manager called to say he was still in bed at London’s Dorchester hotel with an hour to go. Then, just when the show was about to happen, I saw Prince walking in. There was no rehearsal. He just went and sat in the front row. And when his track came on, up he got with his mike, and his girls came out and did their performance down the skinny little runway.”

Matthew Williamson’s Mother Muse

Matthew WilliamsonMatthew Williamson is a mama’s boy! The recent H&M collaborator cites his mother as his first muse.

The British designer, who has worked with stars including supermodel Kate Moss, Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow, says his mother’s flawless look motivated him to enter fashion.

He explained to VogueTV: “I think my first fashion moment was watching my mom prepare for work. She used to prepare meticulously the night before and I would sit at the edge of the bed and question her. She was a little bit like my first muse.”

Matthew has since been inspired by Jade Jagger and actress Sienna Miller. He has been vocal about his love of Sienna’s style, saying he admires the way she has adapted her look during the ongoing global financial crisis:

“The credit crunch means people spend on things they love rather than trends. Sienna Miller looks great because she’s not afraid to mix designer pieces with cheaper things. Iconic pieces are good buys at the moment. A brightly colored belt is my all-time tip—a cinched waist looks great on everybody. A pink patent-leather studded belt transforms a T-shirt dress from being casual and beach-y to a glamorous silhouette.”

Angela Missoni looking to launch clothing line for teen girls

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Angela Missoni55-year-old designer Angela Missoni is looking to follow in the footsteps of her fashion counterparts and team up with a high street store to launch a new line of clothes aimed at teenage girls. According to Angela, “I would like to do something with H&M because I think it is a very powerful way to reach younger girls now.” Other H&M collaborators include Matthew Williamson, Comme des Garcons and Viktor and Rolf.

Angela Missoni also has no problem with models and actresses designing their own clothing collections, as long as they’re passionate about fashion. Making mention of Sienna Miller’s Twenty8Twelve label, Angela said: “These girls do pick up knowledge by being around fashion, so it doesn’t bother me if Sienna does her own range - she has a genuine passion for clothes, so it’s not just about her using her name.”

Other celebrities to have designed their own clothing lines for stores include Kate Moss, Madonna and Lily Allen.