Matthew Ames: Southwestern Desert Princesses and Killer Jewelry

Matthew Ames made good on a promise of "soul, individuality" and "sophisticated simplicity" during his Spring 2011 Milk studio runway show.

"Georgia O'Keefe was a major point of inspiration," Ames told us during a post-show interview.

A navy, coral, curry, and beige color palette played out against khaki jute jackets, dupioni shorts, and raw silk skirts. Otherwise to-the-point linen caftans and one-shouldered tops were infused with cool via bias cuts that revealed ribcages on one side and little more than a lower calf on the other.  Mexican mantle necklaces, silver and gold arm and neck cuffs, and matching headscarves upped the southwestern queen-of-the-desert ante.

In other words? Ames' signature take on simplicity is evolving to be anything but simple.

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