“I aim to create garments that make women look and feel beautiful, stylish and confident,” declares Hope Macdonald, and she has the tools to do it. Having recently graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in apparel design, Hope has also studied fashion in New York and in Paris at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs le Louvre. “I went to RISD with the intention of focusing on painting or sculpture,” Hope says, “but spontaneously decided to major in apparel design, despite having no experience sewing or designing.” It was simply her creative passion that drove her – all of those other artistic media play into her designs. “My aesthetic is driven by interesting color and print combinations, which are suppor ted by simple and classic silhouettes,” she says. For the Providence debut of her Spring/Summer 2013 collection – Hope also showed at StyleWeek Resort in Miami this summer – she is letting the materials do the talking. “My inspiration for this collection comes primarily from the fabrics themselves,” Hope describes. “I am obsessed with prints and bold colors, and I wanted to push the way we traditionally think of putting fabrics together. Matching is my least favorite word.” Hope Macdonald will be presenting at 7pm on Friday, August 31 at the Providence Biltmore.