Five minutes with Matthew Williamson

Talks about TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe collaboration

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Designer Matthew Williamson has collaborated with TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe creating a limited edition wash bag to house your hair products.

We caught up with the designer to talk favourite celeb hairstyles, signature prints and, erm, Christmas…

Why the collaboration with TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe?

We began working together for my London Fashion Week shows four seasons ago and since then, have formulated a unique relationship that means we’re able to constantly update the nonchalant take on luxury bohemianism that sums up the Matthew Williamson woman. Their heritage in ‘dressing from the head down’ means they’ve been able to complement each collection with the perfect hairstyle according to my creative vision for any particular season.

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What inspired the print on the wash bag?

Fashion relies upon reinterpretation of the past. I went back through my design archives and chose a signature print – then updated it with layers of computer-generated prints in a distorted zebra pattern layered over the top of a kaleidoscopic marbling effect. Like polka dots, an animal print never goes out of style. Pairing it with the rainbow colours felt both timeless and also captured the exoticism that’s inherent to my designs.

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How much does the hairstyle play a part in your catwalk shows?

Like the punctuation of any outfit, hair is an essential means of completing the overall look for each new collection. My instinct is always to lean towards styles that are clean, simple and not too contrived. At the moment, ‘invisibly’ styled ‘no hair hair’ feels modern, fresh and communicates the sense of a well-travelled sybarite who always want to look sexy – but effortlessly so.

Which female do you think has amazing hair?

Sienna Miller, Poppy Delevingne, Dree Hemingway and Olivia Palermo are my modern day muses – they look their best when their hair isn’t too ‘done’ or considered. But I’ll still never forget my mother’s loosely blown-out look in the ‘70s that she paired with a coffee coloured, tie-dyed Jaeger jersey dress, cork wedges and matching crimson nails! What’s on your Christmas list? Are you offering?! A soft-top Jaguar or a home in Ibiza would be nice. I also love jewellery so a gold bracelet is on my list to Santa this year.
Small Wash Bag, £12, includes: Mini Dry Shampoo, Heat Protection Mist & Creative Extreme Hold Hairspray
Large Wash Bag, £20, includes: Shampoo & Conditioner for Normal Hair, Heat Protection Mist & Casual Sea Salt Spray

Both available from Boots and Boots.com

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