September 12, 2011 New York
Embellishment was new. ("I didn't think I would ever use a paillette," Bell joked.) Clusters of caviar beads made up the abstract birds' eyes that appeared on a few of the evening looks, with the rest of the avian form swooping in through embroidery. Colorful, beaded birds on an organza chemise in pale yellow were the height of art-snob chic; if you smoke, which you shouldn't, this would be the type of piece to accessorize with a slender cigarette holder. Bell's first-time paillettes were just as you would expect: not too shiny, and in cool tones like chalk and smoke. This was lighter fare than we've seen from Bell before, but substantial nonetheless.