Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall’ 12. Chadwick Bell’s Simple Seduction

February 9, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '12


Summary: Danger and romance collide to bring you the template for the Chadwick Bell Autumn/Winter 2012 show. Inspired by Picasso’s “Boy with Pipe” from the Rose Period, many romantic themes are at play, while dancing with the slight embellishments and floral prints.

Bell described this woman as being “polished, rich and refined but she herself is dangerous.” The ideas of mystery and seduction derive from Arlene Gottfried’s portrait of Midnight at Bellevue hospital. Even walking into the show, you were met with the ambiance of seduction. A flowery musk filled the air and dimmed lighting had a feel of being right in the room with a woman who could not be trusted.

Paired as simple pieces, this collection has potential but it mostly seems overworked. The structured shoulders and gold lame pieces almost worked against the subtle detailing of what was suppose to be delicate flowers and embroidery. Even the flower appliques seemed heavy and out of place against the sheer organza fabrics.

Color Palette: black, bone, formula one red, cerulean blue, jade, white, natural silver, midnight, saigon rose, flesh, acid green, prince of whales, gold

Fabrics and Textures: silk, mohair, cocodrillo jacquard, felted wool, python, gabardine, melton wool, trapunto jersey, cotton pique, leather, matador embroidery, fox hair, georgette, reverse gabardine, silk georgette, silk fil coupe, leather embroidery, lacquered, wool silk velvet, organza, feathers

Key Looks: Black melton wool and leather jacket with matador embroidery, black reverse gabardine faux wrap skirt; Saigon rose printed georgette jumpsuit; Gold lacquered tux jacket, gold lacquard seamed slim pant, gold jacquard tux belt

– Taneisha Jordan

Photos: WWD

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