Thursday, March 8, 2012

Chadwick Bell F/W 2012: Midnight Rose

Elizabeth Banks wearing the feather gown during the Oscars after-party at Vanity Fair, only weeks after New York Fashion Week!

Mystery and Romance intwined with blossoming flowers and baroque embellishments all come together as inspiration for Chadwick Bell's F/W 2012 collection. From Arlene Gottfried's 'Midnight', to Pablo Picasso's 'Boy with Pipe', Chadwick Bell draws from the contrasting works skillfully blending together masculine and feminine, strength and vulnerability, to create a woman of danger and romance in pursuit of 'Euphoria'- this is the embodiment of the collection.
A mixture of furs, feathers, leather, gold jaquards, velvets, and python all come together seamlessly through a vintage 1960's aesthetics and yet modern silhouettes. One can't help but be transported back to the bygone era of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis when feminine tailored suits were the main staple of fashion. Chadwick Bell's F/W 2012 collection captures the beauty of 'Jacky O's' time with vintage aesthetics but modernized with trims like leather and fur, along with an understated sexiness silhouette.
After press covering Chadwick Bell's pre-fall collection I understood his aesthetics and the story he was trying to convey. His play on masculine v. feminine with structured and fluid looks was skillfully done, and with such impeccable tailoring.
Obviously, my favorite piece throughout the collection was the 'Midnight Dotted Silk Fil Coupe Feathered Gown' I felt this gown symbolized the entire collection. Elizabeth Banks recently wore the gown during the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party, and she looked radiant and stunning. The gown hugged Banks in all the right curves and the color was perfect for her skin tone; I swoon at how gorgeous she looked.
Though there are stunning pieces in the collection, what I found most interesting was the clean lines, outstanding tailoring, and eye-catching color blocking. One can clearly see the quality in every piece, and I admire greatly works that not only show luxury, but unrivalled quality!


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