Thanks to a recent Nick Cave exhibit, Araks Yeramyan discovered the portrait photography of Malik Sidibé and Seydou Keïta, who illustrated the manner of dress in Mali in the Fifties, and the inspiration for her fall collection was born. Culling the colors, textures and proportions along with a specific way the Malians layered their clothes in tiers, Yeramyan’s understated lineup featured beautifully simple coats and jackets in materials such as cold water-dyed wool, while sheer tops with metallic stripes or a lovely floral print added some energy. Using a circle as a starting point, the designer employed the shape to inform the cuts of many garments adding a controlled volume to the front of skirts or to coats, while a pair of georgette navy wide-legged trousers featured a fabulous green inset on the front. It was a solid and quietly elegant effort.

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