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Catwalk panache for kids; Those designer-savvy kids are in for a real treat, as Matthew Williamson joins the Designers at Debenhams range. Lifestyle Editor Lisa Piddington takes a look at this latest collection.

Byline: Matthew Williamson

Cool Britannia favourite Matthew Williamson has long appeared on the must-have lists of the rich and famous.

A favourite of Kate Moss, Jodie Kidd, Helena Christensen and Jade Jagger, he has certainly made a name for himself since leaving the classrooms of St Martin's College less than ten years ago.

Having started his working life at Monsoon, his beaded bags and scarves caught the eye of leading celebs who were drawn by his use of colour and texture.

In just under a decade, the lad from Chorlton has done good. His catwalk shows draw huge crowds, while the visitors' book in his London store reads like the ultimate who's who.

Luckily for us mere mortals - in particular our kiddies - those clever people at Debenhams have tempted Williamson to join their hugely successful Designers range, that already boasts the likes of John Rocha and Jasper Conran.

The store's Butterfly collection has been available for grownups for a few seasons now, with jeans, bags and T-shirts flying off the shelves. New for the summer is a line for girls - and it is just gorgeous.

Williamson's trademark use of bright patterns and colours are simple irresistible, and is strongly evident in these clothes. Of course, there's the usual palette of pretty pinks, but it is teamed with khaki and white for a more contemporary feel.

The intricate detailing is what makes the collection stand out, with butterfly applique and beads used on trendy cargo pants and mini skirts to soften the look.

But don't worry about it making a huge dent in your wallet. These filtered down styles are far from the catwalk prices usually demanded by such famous designers. Expect to pay from pounds 10 for tops and from pounds 16 for trousers and skirts.

1: Far left, stud floral khaki cap sleeve tank pounds 12/pounds 14, charm denim mini skirt pounds 14/pounds 16; left centre, print vest pounds 10/pounds 12, stud floral skirt pounds 14/pounds 16; right centre glitter disco tank pounds 10/pounds 12, charm denim jeans pounds 18/pounds 20; far right, printed ra ra top pounds 10/pounds 12, khaki stud combat trousers pounds 20/pounds 22. 2: Left, beaded butterfly T-shirt pounds 10/pounds 12, butterfly embroidered twill skirt pounds 14/pounds 16; right, laser cut butterfly T-shirt pounds 10/pounds 12, trousers with butterfly and charms pounds 18/pounds 20.

3: Woven wrap dress pounds 16/pounds 18, butterfly twill crop trousers pounds 16/pounds 18.

4: All-over butterfly print vest pounds 9/pounds 10.

5: Butterfly printed applique mini skirt pounds 16/pounds 18, sandals id:x pounds 10.

6: Left, pink foil printed hooded zip through pounds 18/pounds 20, butterfly printed applique mini skirt pounds 16/pounds 18; right, rainbow stripe butterfly stud T-shirt pounds 12/pounds 14, butterfly printed applique mini skirt pounds 16/pounds 18, sandals id:x pounds 10
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 7, 2004
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