June 08, 2011 New York
While her brother was reportedly the math whiz of the family, Behnaz Sarafpour's practical-chic clothes have always suggested an amateur's fascination with geometry and clean shapes. Resort, for example, was full of graphic, mosaiclike lace. It turned up on a black laser-cut leather pencil skirt, as well as on sea foam culotte shorts paired with a crisp oxford shirt split at the sides so you can tuck it in, business-in-the-front-party-in-the-back style. Sarafpour also draped a rectangle over the shoulders of a simple black shift with a cluster of neon plastic paillettes at the neck that looked like built-in jewelry, and tried knitting together frayed strips of silk chiffon for a calculatedly imperfect finish on a loopy sweater. Overall, there was maybe a little too much practical here and not enough "need it now" chic. Shortly after showing Resort, Sarafpour was vacation-bound for the Venice Biennale, where she was hoping to find inspiration for her Spring collection.
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