September 08, 2008
Though she's sometimes veered from the path, Behnaz Sarafpour's raison d'être is to offer a younger spin on dresses for gossip-girls-on-the-town who might not want to wear the same Oscar frock as mother. And that's just where Spring went: a ladylike look made slightly sporty with slim drawstring silk pants (think Audrey Hepburn goes to the gym) and webbed belts, and slightly techy with a blurry photo-print floral used throughout. These ideas were more successful than a brief flirtation with Trekkie shoulders on button-down shirts, or a grouping that went too far with the scalloped petals of silk. There were also some straightforward pretty clothes that made use of none of the above but still had youthful appeal, like a slim shift in floral cloque, boxy suits and dresses in petal-print jacquard, and a fresh white frock with ombré lavender stripes. But gaping holes in the rows of chairs indicated that Sarafpour might need more than this to make her show a priority once again in a crowded schedule.