Last season, the Chadwick Bell
girl was a bit disheveled and on the verge of crazy. But she took the summer to embark on a spiritual journey of self-discovery. "I like to think of it as a crusade for clarity," Bell said. With that idea in mind, the clothes took on a clean, mostly neutral palette mixed with pops of desert colors—emerald and aloe green, chalk white, and a deep mauve. The lines of the garments were also clean, playing off the flat, open plains of the Southwest. His point of reference boded well for a series of viscose jersey dresses and skirts, some of which had sheer, peekaboo panels. Bell juxtaposed these pieces with floaty tulle frocks that were weightless against leather belts and Edmundo Castillo shoes. As for separates, among the strong points was a khaki blazer with embroidered sleeves paired with loose-fitting gaucho pants. The last look, a silk mesh "Superman" dress with an austere open back, was a clear indication that Bell's girl is on the right track.