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Art Nouveau and Hollywood Glamour Join Forces at Behnaz Sarafpour

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Behnaz Sarafpour’s “Showtation"

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Looks from the Behnaz Sarafpour spring 2013 collection at New York Fashion Week

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Behnaz Sarafpour’s “showtation” (she called it a hybrid between a runway show and a presentation) was a pleasant escape from the lingering summer heat and lunchtime traffic. 

Set amidst the classic décor of the Jane Hotel’s ballroom—brocade couches and antique chandeliers—the art nouveau inspired collection encompassed the essence of the space with old Hollywood glamour. 

Iris and nouveau embroidery were added to skirts, tops and dresses, adding a creative element to the feminine silhouettes. The neutral palette of silk chiffon, crepe de chine and jacquard pieces stayed true to the classic art nouveau feel without reading boring and overdone. 

“As a designer you find out how to mix elements and materials. It’s a mix medium idea that goes beyond silhouettes,” said the designer after the first cycle of the presentation.
 
The unfussiness of the clothes added an element of appeal.  Once the winter blues begin to subside and we can store away our overcoats, we crave the easiness of spring and summer dressing. Sarafpour’s collection was the quintessence of this, with separates that can be paired with your already existing wardrobe, and sexy out-of-his-league dresses when you want to zhuzh it up. 

Standout looks: gray paisley guipure capelet dress, crystal print crepe de chine capelet shirt with pleated pant, and a pink and gold art nouveau jacquard v-neck dress.

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