Matthew Ames


New York: As last year’s Ecco Domani winner for new talent, Brooklyn-based designer Matthew Ames has continued to develop his signature minimalist style. The simplicity of his forms felt almost poetic this season, as a new lightness inflected the pieces. Chalky pales, lemony yellows and a dusty mauve gave the garments an optimistic feeling, stepping away from the sterility that is often associated with minimalism. Coats quilted in a chevron pattern were the highlight – Ames’ clean aesthetic shone through, but the soft cashmere made them look extra-cozy. The same thick cashmere was used for shift dresses and boxy V-neck sweaters, and buttery leather pieces in similar boxy shapes harmonized with all the supple fabrics. Silk crepe separates were airy and light; straight skirts, plain long-sleeved tops and sleeveless shells in muted pastels looked effortless. This young champion of minimalist design is beginning to gain ground and is sure to have many inspiring collections to come.

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