Showing and/or doing a collection is always a bit iffy for Ronaldus Shamask. He stayed off the runway and virtually out of sight for 10 years. He designed for the theater, reappeared on the catwalk with a smashing show, disappeared again and then returned with a few special pieces — always remaining, quietly, in business. But what is constant is how creative and beautiful his clothes are.

For pre-fall that was especially true with his flared “Balenciaga-inspired” hand-knit, rainbow-hued wool sweater with open work on the arms and sleeves, which he showed over a multilength ballgown skirt in black and white net. It was also evident in the red felted melton wool coat with ragged-edged lapels that grazed the ankles and the corset sweater in brown alpaca, wool and Lycra with a cinched and pleated waist. “Nowadays a designer must create a collection in which each piece has to have value by standing on its own, being unique and clearly giving a reason for a woman to buy it,” Shamask said. He did exactly that.

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