Wednesday, February 20, 2013
NYFW Fall 2013: Bellavance
Milk Studios was a buzz the other week as the most crowded of all presentations caught my attention. What was the buzz about? Why were people milling into such a small, hot room? Turns out that Bellavance who were winners of the MADE For Peroni Young Designer Awards, Ava Hama and Nolan Bellavance were showing their inaugural collection at Milk Studios. The award, which was open exclusively to select Parsons SoF graduates and alumni, meant $25,000 in funding, as well as production support and personal mentoring from London-based designer Antonio Beradi in the lead up to the presentation.
Guests sipped Peroni and snacked on tuna tartar and other treats while the clothes were presented. Silhouettes were simple - easy to wear tunics, dresses that skimmed the body but were nipped at the waist for shape, a-line skirts that hit below the knee and soft rounded shoulders. Fabrications ranged from silk satin, to nubby tweed, to denim, to pliable lambskin leather and fur (racoon, white mink, fox). Colors were muted and black and white were predominant save for a soft blue and red that made an appearance in addition to a caramel toned Finn racoon. The most architectural of the pieces was the red dress with seams that highlighted the body in a way that mentor Berardi was sure to approve of.
The overall look was downtown cool girl visits a thrift shop and discovering some rather glam pieces. Wearable, chic in a not trying to hard way. Since these young designers had such a strong reception I can't wait to see what will happen as they grow.