Behnaz Sarafpour skipped out on a NYFW presentation last season (she did a small capsule just for sales), and focused on Fall instead. The idea behind the designer”s latest collection was to show the inner construction elements of a dress on the outside—”kind of like a fashion X ray,” she said. A white silk piqué gown with flared shoulders, for example, came with metal coils typically found in corsets accenting the waist.
And a strapless lace dress with matching, arm-warmer-like sleeves had a peplum made from the wiry brim of a hat. Many of the delicate looks here would befit a prima ballerina. Sarafpour pointed out the copper-colored jersey lamé number with a handkerchief hem, in particular, as “very Martha Graham.” Furthermore, all of the models wore simple ballet flats, which was a comforting gesture (it”s painful to watch the stationary girls at presentations teetering on skyscraper heels for hours). Sarafpour spent a lot of time at the barre throughout her childhood, and has referenced dance many times before.
Another personal touch was the custom necklaces made from thin, reflective Venetian glass, which the designer avidly collects. She positively lit up while describing her collaboration with an old Italian jeweler on the statement-making pieces. Proof that even after ten plus years in the business, Sarafpour still gets genuinely excited about designing—and that enthusiasm definitely comes through in her precise, graceful clothes.