September 14, 2009 New York
Spring's brights—inspired by the minimalist paintings of the American artists Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, and Brice Marden—were set off against a counterpoint of graphic black and white. Light as his touch is, wearable as his garments are, Ames has a serious attitude about what he does. He continues to be preoccupied with "organic architecture" and "the idea of purifying the form." His goal is to interfere as little as possible with his fabrics, and with few seams and a lot of liquid draping and wrapping, he produced a sharply focused show that wowed with its clarity and color. The only thing it lacked was a sense of play—and that's nothing a peppy tune and a smiling model couldn't fix.