Reach Nirvana with Matt Bruening’s New Ethereal, Paradise-Inspired Collection

It’s all angel eyes over there.


matt bruening new collection

Photos: Brooke Dombroski


Gently swaying palms. Eternal waves. Soft, warming sunlight. Have we passed and gone to the big paradise in the sky?


It’s hard to tell when heaven is a place on earth (and it’s called Hawai‘i), but no—you’re just looking at Matt Bruening’s latest, ethereal release and started having notions of nirvana. That’s not surprising, since his new collection was created as a poetic, sartorial study on the endless paradise that is the afterlife. To Bruening, that brought up images of the ocean and its healing, cleansing properties, waving palms casting soothing shadows at the water’s edge, and the muted golden shades of dappled sunshine peering through leaves.


matt bruening new collection


The result is a soulful selection of shape, texture and structure. Bruening plays with the dramatic and unexpected in his silhouettes, pairing statement-making, ruffle-waisted trousers with sheer, form-fitted tops adorned with palms. Ladies turn into otherworldy creatures with straight kimono sleeves, loose sack mini dresses or clingy mesh sheaths. Dramatic oversize collars form halos of fabric on a one-shoulder top, while an ultra-plunge jumpsuit with a sleek cigarette cut sings “modern angel.”


matt bruening new collection


Perhaps the most beautiful facet of this fashion story is behind-the-seams: Bruening debuted his thoughtfully crafted collection as part of the festivities at the retirement-and-birthday bash of his personal pal, and nightlife legend, Christa Wittmier. Alongside him was another close friend, Amanda Watkins of a.wattz dezigns, who complemented his work with her own ethereal adornments, such as custom fringe necklaces and earrings that really gave the ensembles wings. In short, it was a family-of-friends affair.


Nothing gets more heavenly than that.


Pieces available for custom order, from $150–$300. Contact Matt Bruening at to order.


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