New York Fashion Week Fall ’13: Chadwick Bell’s Jewelry Box of Color and Surprises

February 8, 2013 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '13

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Summary: Take a first glance at Chadwick Bell’s Fall 2013 RTW collection, and you would never guess that inspiration came from a music festival. Yes, these days, music festival fashion is immediately associated with cut-off denim shorts, fringe boots and bags, crop tank tops and a rocking pair of sunglasses. No, Chadwick Bell’s collection pays tribute to folk and 1960s rebellious culture with bold jewel tone colors and exaggerated, oversized cuts.

Controversy is ever present in a structured dark navy, elbow-length wool shift dress, while unstructured can be found in the oversized jacquard lame coat. The boldest statements made came in two dresses: a beatle tank dress with a dramatic train, and its sister dark navy strapless trapeze gown. Both over-the-top, both completely necessary to spice up the collection.

Accessories were the best part of this collection, with oversized, chunky chokers in colored shells and wood, and layers of gold set on top of a simple white blouse.

Textures and Fabrics: Heavy satin, sponged silk, Mink, cashmere, and heavy wool.

Colors: Shades of blue in navy, dark navy, indigo, and marine blue; optic white, deep plum, black accents, and jacquard green.

Key Looks: Beatle green poly heavy satin duchess tank gown; Inkwell velvet fluted back trapeze gown; Grey mélange flannel dress; and Persimmon stretch wool dress.

-Laurie Espino

Photos: wwd

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