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Matthew Ames

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NATURAL SIMPLICITY

New York: Matthew Ames has dealt with voluminous but constructed shapes from the beginning, and he continues to tinker with these elements for S/S 11 while adding a slightly more lived in feeling. Instead of conceptual cocoons, Ames focused on long, rustling skirts, asymmetrical caftan dresses and many interesting takes on proportion via skirts cutaway to reveal shorts. Texture and color were also new territory, with woven jute, linen mesh and raw silk in earthy desert shades appearing alongside pops of turquoise, coral and marigold. The styling of the collection was spot on, featuring key trends like turbans, armband bracelets, thin brown leather belts and crop tops. Wearable, artful and full of added-value detailing, this presentation was a mature but unfussy progression for a new designer.

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