Coming Soon: Matthew Williamson for H&M

Acclaimed designer Matthew Williamson gives the masses access to his signature look, with a women’s collection for H&M that combines iconic pieces from his past collections with the brilliant color of his newest runway looks.

Available on April 23 in eight stores in the United States and approx. 200 worldwide, the collection was inspired by the glamour of a jetset traveler and includes key pieces for spring 2009 – from jumpsuits, dresses and tops to the sharpest tailoring.

Among Williamson’s favorite pieces is the bias-cut, graphic butterfly print dress with grosgrain straps; when worn with the cashmere cardigan with peacock embroidery over the shoulder, the look is an updated version of an outfit from Williamson’s first runway show in 1997. Meanwhile, the collection comes bang up to date with a bright blue smoking jacket that takes on the bold color-blocking trend from Williamson’s most recent catwalk show. “It injects freshness into the whole look,” says Williamson, “whether it be worn over jeans, biker or cigarette pants.”

A metallic jacket and bubble skirt will be available in a jacquard specially woven for H&M, while a show-stopping sequin, ultra-short, dress includes printed bursts of color that flow like liquid. Williamson’s beloved peacock insignia decorates a versatile jersey dress, while for evening Williamson recreates one of his most celebrated pieces, a beaded ruffle gown that comes in a vivid tiger butterfly print.

Williamson has also designed a full menswear collection for H&M - notable as it's his first foray into men's.

The Matthew Williamson for H&M collection will be available in the following stores in the U.S.:

  • New York: 640 Fifth Avenue @ 51st Street, 731 Lexington Avenue @ 59th Street,  1328 Broadway @ 34th Street
  • San Francisco: 150 Powell Street
  • Los Angeles: 8500 Beverly Blvd
  • Chicago: 840 North Michigan Ave
  • Boston: 100 Newbury Street Atlanta: 231 18th Street NW

What do you think?  Will you be hitting H&M on Thursday to pick up a piece or two from the Matthew Williamson for H&M collection?