2009 September 11
Chadwick Bell - New York Spring 2010
(NEW YORK) Chadwick Bell presented a sophisticated, streamlined collection at Ilili on Thursday, inspired by an untitled work by Joan Miro. Where some might take an abstract approach to interpreting a work of art, Bell went literal: his first series of looks were in simple canvas gabardine, representing the canvas of the piece. Though the silhouettes didn't vary much from look to look, they were at once innovative but classic--a jacket wrapped around the body with a narrow belt that disappeared under one side. Skirts were tulip-shaped, modern and very chic. A cotton moire fabric imitated tree bark interpreted from the painting, and the last leg of his show represented Caetano Veloso's "Cucurrucucu Paloma," a song whose sex appeal came through in a fabric Bell called TK: eel skin. The shiny panels, manipulated into two gorgeously luxe dresses, were no doubt the highlight of a lovely collection.