Matthew Ames Gets Twisted
Designer Matthew Ames embarked on his first-ever brand collaboration this season, designing jewelry with the sui generis metalsmiths at Anndra Neen. The pieces that will be seen on the Ames runway tomorrow likewise represent a collaboration first for the Anndra Neen designers, sisters Phoebe and Annette Stephens, who say that they were drawn both to the sculptural simplicity of Ames’ line, and his idea of making anklets. And according to Ames, what appealed to him about Anndra Neen was the fact that its jewelry “has such a strong, individual identity, and isn’t really identifiable with any place or time.” To describe the Ames and Anndra Neen jewelry as “statement pieces” hardly does it justice—it’s really more like wearable sculpture. They offered Style.com a sneak preview.