142 weeks | Matalan SS16 Press Show

Last Thursday I spent the afternoon at Somerset House, in London.

It’s a glorious place, which is a feast for the eyes, in every sense of the word. A neo-classical building — of epic proportions — that sits between the Strand and the Thames. For years, Somerset House was the national archive for birth, marriage and death certificates but these days it’s home to the visual arts.

Fabulous events — everything from fashion shows to art exhibitions — and most famously it now hosts a gorgeous outside ice-rink, each winter, for budding ‘Torvill and Deans’ to show off their skating prowess.

But I wasn’t there for any of those things. I had been invited to the Matalan SS16 Press Show.

Now, last Thursday was grey. Cold and wintery, with wall-to-wall rain.

The kind of day that makes you wish you’d stayed indoors.

Until I stepped into the warmth of the East Wing Gallery and saw some of the lovely items on display! SO much colour. A real treat on such a grey, miserable day — there were so many gorgeous things.

Photo Credit: The Listed Home.
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.

Preppy casuals for all ages, plus jewelled and beaded sandals for the girls and lots of lovely nautical stripes and detailing.

The  coastal feel extended to homeware too, with lovely driftwood ornaments and chunky storm lamps, styled to resemble glass fishing floats.

Photo Credit: The Listed Home.
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.

Strands of gorgeous lights; everything from tiny, colourful houses to miniature jam-jars, lit with a tiny bulb.

Beautifully decorated cushions — a sea of colour with lovely appliqué work and overstitching.

Photo Credit: The Listed Home.
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.

And finally, my very favourite thing of all.

Beautiful homeware, printed in glorious technicolour. The absolute antithesis of  last Thursday’s weather, this was an explosion of all things summer, based on beautiful original watercolours by Matalan’s homeware design manager Mags Milliken.

It was so lovely to see the framed originals, side by side with the new homeware ranges. Watercolour has been pretty huge in graphic design, over the last year or so, but I haven’t seen it on any homeware, up until now, and it was lovely to see it making such a bold appearance on the bed-linens and cushions; even on a sweet little storage crate.

I loved everything on offer, at the Matalan SS16 Press Show, but these items were by far my favourite.

Photo Credit: The Listed Home.
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.
Photo Credit: The Listed Home.

So whilst it was grey and miserable outside last Thursday, the East Gallery of Somerset House was a riot of colour.

It cheered me up no end, I can tell you!

Instead of feeling depressed about the long winter ahead, I am now buoyed by the anticipation of these lovely products, hitting the shops next spring and summer.

Bring it on.

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Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.

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24 thoughts on “142 weeks | Matalan SS16 Press Show”

  1. Looks like a superb collection and what a stunning series of photographs! Love this store – need to check out whether there is one near our new house! xx


  2. Gosh it really is a feast for the senses!! Do you know in the now nearly 14 years I’ve lived in London I’ve never been to Somerset House! I must rectify that, thank you for inspiring me to do so Xx

    • It really, really is!! I lived — and worked in London — for 15 years and it’s the first time I’ve ever been there!! I’ll definitely, definitely go again! SUCH a beautiful place xx

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