On Our Radar: Bellavance
Fall 2013 marks Bellavance’s first season, but after seeing their polished debut presentation at Milk Studios last night, you wouldn’t know it. Designed by twenty-two-year-old Ava Hama and twenty-six-year-old Nolan Bellavance, both of whom are recent Parsons grads (Mr. Bellavance won the Made for Peroni Young Designer Award for his thesis collection), the Fall range was inspired by duality, Dario Argento’s 1996 Italian horror film, The Stendhal Syndrome, and the syndrome itself, which apparently causes people to have extreme reactions when looking at art. You could definitely envision a savvy young woman walking around New York (or any city, for that matter) in the duo’s sporty black drawstring leather dress, winged white leather jacket, or slouchy white-speckled wool top and trousers. The designers used an abstract black-and-floral print on a laid-back silk dress, mixed patent leather and bonded tweed on a bomber and slit skirt, and dressed up denim via sharp tailoring. They even showed a pair of cropped jeans with a satin and fox fur parka, which managed to have uptown appeal as well as a tough downtown edge—talk about duality. The designers may be green, but we have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of Bellavance in seasons to come.