Behnaz Sarafpour’s charm is often in the details, and her fall 2012 collection was no exception. The designer was inspired by the concept of a “fashion x-ray,” using the internal mechanisms of garment construction as embellishments.
Sarafpour explained her decision to embroider silver coiled boning onto dresses. “It contributes to the structure of the clothing but it’s also a design element,” she said. She also used embossed horsehair which she fashioned into skirts.
The delicate lace overlaid on the bodices of some pieces were standouts. The lace was made from metallic thread, sourced at the revered Solstice mill in France. “I’ve been working with them since I was at Parsons—they made lace for me that I used in the project that won me the Golden Thimble,” she told us. “They flew it in on the Concorde, so that will tell you how long ago it was.”
The models appeared both delicate (Capezio flats for shoes) and strong-willed (a wine-red lip and strong venetian glass jewelry), creating the epitome of a Behnaz girl, one that she describes as “simply modern.”