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Britweek isn't really a week. This celebration of Britain's best and brightest started in April and winds through the month of May. Last Saturday, the organizers threw a party/fashion show to celebrate the achievements of two of Britain's most notable: Matthew Williamson and Alexander McQueen. Relax, nothing new went down the runway. Local style house Chic Little Devil curated a runway show of rare and seldom-seen McQueen pieces, while Matthew Williamson's Spring/Summer'10 line closed out the show.
The event also featured both a silent auction and a very raucous live auction, and assorted entertainment. Like the most perplexing go-go dancer ever, and an opera singer. A DJ provided the night's soundtrack of very English music, starting off with the Who, the Rolling Stones, and the Beatles, on through British new wave stalwarts like the Cure, David Bowie and the Jam. (It pained us when a colleague referred to the mix as 'classic rock and oldies'.) And of course, fashion. Just looking at Matthew Williamson's designs, with their hallmarks of whimsy and the exotic, is almost like taking a vicarious vacation.
The night closed with cupcakes and a 20-minute line to get your car from the valet. We missed out on the cupcakes, bummer. But don't feel too bad for us: we went backstage and spent a few minutes with Matthew Williamson. And we parked on Poinsettia, so we simply cut across the Trader Joe's parking lot, got in the car and left—still riding an incredible buzz from seeing all the beautiful clothes and our over-too-soon rendezvous with one of the most brilliant and charming designers we've ever met.
· What's in the Works for Matthew Williamson [Racked LA]
· Genlux Britweek Designer of the Year Award and Fashion Show [BroadwayWorld]