Fashion Week: Matthew Ames

Matthew Ames is known for his simplistic approach to fashion. Drawing inspiration from architectural elements, Ames’ Fall/Winter 2010 collection highlights pure lines and tailoring. Accompanied by classical music, strong silhouettes made of a rich camel colored leather waltzed down the runway. All of the looks were incredibly structured and basic, as was the hair and make up approach. I’m sure the models were rejoicing, as was I, to the flat oxfords worn by every model. The camel colored shoe was not only worn by the women, but also by the male models in the show. At two points in the show a male and female model walked together wearing almost identical outfits. This play on the sexes was interesting, especially after my original intrigue for Rad Hourani’s completely unisex line also for Fall 2010. By the eleventh look, pastel colors began emerging from the previously neutral palate. Colors like mint, baby blue, and pink basics were a nice compliment to the line. I found the draping of leather to be one of the highlights for Ames’; the detail in the smallest curve of the material was noticeable and enjoyed. The show was a quiet expression of the craft that is patterning, and what it looks like to have beauty in the basics.

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