Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear
February 14, 2009 New York
With the help of the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation, Matthew Ames migrated his collection to New York from Paris for Fall. Although Ames, who was trained at the Art Institute of Chicago, described his palette (camel, loden, red) and fabrics (denim, Ultrasuede, corduroy) as "classic American," the clothes had a very nomadic—and springlike—feel. This can be attributed to the way Ames let fabric fall around the body in garments that were constructed using as few seams as possible. "I wanted to eliminate the unnecessary and focus on the essential," he said. While these clothes won't appeal to everyone—this collection really bucked the body-con trend—credit the designer with pursuing his own vision.