Shop This: Matthew Williamson for Macy's Impulse

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 • Permalink • 

Matthew Williamson for Macy's Sleeveless Printed Ruffle Dress
I never really pictured Matthew Williamson as the type to do a capsule collection for a mainstream mall-store contemporary line. I mean, H&M is one thing, but Matthew Williamson for Macy's? After all, just one of the Central St. Martins grad's main line blouses will set you back nearly a grand -- yes, a 1 with three 0s after it -- and he's been honored with a retrospective at the Design Museum, London. In addition to running his namesake line, he's also served as creative director of Emilio Pucci and continues to show his collection at the renowned London Fashion Week.

It may seem out of place given Matthew Williamson's impeccable fashion credentials, but Matthew Williamson for Macy's Impulse has landed... and it's not a figment of my imagination. The Macy's limited edition capsule collection has a similar floaty, irreverent attitude to the main line, but at prices that come in somewhere around 95% less.

Matthew Williamson for Macy's Long Sleeve Printed Peasant Blouse
Some of the real standouts from the Matthew Williamson for Macy's line are the peasant blouses (like the one pictured at right), which are reminiscent both in pattern and cut to the peasant blouses in the Spring collection for Matthew Williamson's main line. Oh, and by the way, those main line blouses are going for $555.00 to $925.00. The $59.00 Macy's versions are starting to look awfully good.

Also available in the Macy's collection are a handful of pretty dresses, including this One-Shoulder Jeweled Belt Tulip Skirt Dress that echoes the bright color trend we saw at Prada and Jil Sander this Spring. Other stands outs include interesting trousers and skinny jeans, and the requisite luxe-yet-affordable gorgeous leather jacket.

If you are going to go for just one item in the collection, I'd suggest the Matthew Williamson for Macy's Sleeveless Animal Print Ruffle Dress (shown top left). It's maxi dress sister is already sold out, thanks to a pretty print and fashion-forward silhouette. This above-the-knee version will be perfect for all sorts of Spring occasions, from sun-drenched brunches to daytime weddings.

→ Buy the Matthew Williamson for Macy's Sleeveless Printed Ruffle Dress, $99.00, at macys.com.

→ Buy the Matthew Williamson for Macy's Long Sleeve Printed Peasant Blouse, $59.00, at macy's.com

→ Browse the entire Matthew Williamson for Macy's Impulse collection at macys.com.