It's been ten years since Behnaz Sarafpour
showed her first collection, and this season she's throwing it back, revisiting comfortable themes while continuing to push things forward in her own subtle way. She looked to Constantin Brancusi's sculptures, which she tried to imitate on soapstone in high school art class, for inspiration. The palette here was, as it often is, primarily neutral. Using black, slate, taupe, and powder blue put Sarafpour's use of tailoring and unusual materials in the spotlight. Her designs need to be seen up close to be truly appreciated. A simple short-sleeved dress alternated nubby wool strips with silk chiffon ones for a striped appearance. And what appeared to be lace trim on a trumpet skirt turned out to be haphazardly woven rubberized string. The showstopping look here was an easy flowing gown with a bodice of matchstick pattern, in heavy lace.