Matthew Adams Dolan presented Spring Summer 2018 collections during New York Fashion Week. Reimagined as a modern American working wardrobe, the collection meditates on what it has meant to be American in the past and what it will mean to be American in the future.
Inspiration starting points depict a picturesque USA. The sun-drenched days depicted in Bruce Weber photography, with icons Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and John F. Kennedy Jr. and dynasty families the Lauder’s and the Lauren’s acting as a focal point, referenced in the season’s soft-pink striped button ups with signature Matthew Adams Dolan exaggerated cuffs and extended sleeves as well as casual cable knits in marigold and magenta. But behind a polished veneer, something more sinister lies beneath. The contradictory dress of the Menendez Brothers, American Psycho’s Patrick Bateman, the characters of Cruel Intentions and the New York polo wearing street gang, the Lo-Lifes’, tell not only the tale of the subversive underbelly of American aristocracy but the often confused story of aspiration versus reality. Preppy signifiers such as khaki, pinstripe and sweaters sets are introduced to the offering for the very first time and reinterpreted as oversized suits, slouchy layered knits twinned with mini skirts that playfully toy with proportion. Bespoke monograms on sweaters, shirt pockets and tees were created especially for spring/summer 18 and signature Matthew Adams Dolan denim continues to play a core part of the offering. – from Matthew Adams Dolan
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