What does Picasso’s Boy with Pipe and Arlene Gottfried’s Midnight have in common? An inspirational starting point for designer Chadwick Bell’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection. It was moody, yet delicate. Sophisticated, yet dangerous. Models donned big, super teased hair, dark lips, and long black leather gloves with refined dresses, jackets, coats, and skirts. A few dresses had a piping detail that created an hourglass silhouette. Peplums, spots, feathers, and fur were abundant. The shape of the oversized coats had contrasting lapels and embroidery with pom poms on the sleeve. They showed hints of Balenciaga influences.
The entire collection could be summed up as Parisian chic. Velvets, silks, and brocades added a feeling of luxe and glam. The yellow and grey floral print on the silk jumpsuit and sleeveless dress were fun little pieces. The reds, yellow golds, and teals made the collection come alive (even more so than they already did). The way the sleeves draped over the shoulders were sexy and dramatic. Perfect for ladies who lunch. The pant and skirt suits were belted or nipped in at the waist – again, creating a lady-like hourglass silhouette. The last few looks were certainly eye-catching and alluring. First, a dress with a see-through blouse complete with a velvet peplum and tulip brocade and embroidered skirt. Then, a navy oversized coat with leather pocket trims topped off with a fox fur stole. The last look, which really emphasized Chadwick Bell’s theme, consisted of a leather three quarter sleeve jacket and slim trousers. I can see editors flocking towards these numbers.