Behnaz Sarafpour Ready-to-Wear Fall 2011 Collection Review — A Structured Elegance


As Behnaz Sarafpour celebrated the tenth anniversary of her eponymous line, the award-winning designer looked to Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi for inspiration. He was celebrated for his abstract style, shaping and emphasizing the geometric lines of his sculptures, and this influence was well translated with texture, structure, silhouette, and design details. The Behnaz Sarafpour Fall 2011 Presentation allowed the designer’s signature modern elegance to shine through; without the fanfare of a front house production, the collection’s 20 beautiful looks literally took center stage.



Hair stylist Laurent Philippon for Bumble & Bumble said backstage, “We’re creating a really interesting texture today… We’re trying to copy nature, which is a challenge… The clothes are really stunning and kind of structured, so Behnaz told me that she wanted an element of organic.” CND Nails designed a new look, monikered the Manolo manicure, which mimics the spectator stilettos created especially for this collection, alongside famed shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, the nail designs featured nude nail bed with a black tip or black nail bed with a clear tip. Gordon Espinet and the MAC Pro Team created a subtly, soft smoky eye with warm browns and taupes that was winged out from the corners (mod style) and a sheer nude lip with a pink undertone.



The palette was predominantly black and grey, which shifted the collection’s focus on the enhanced dimensionality of more textural elements. Ironically, although the silhouette of eco-friendly dyed fabrics was more structured and tactile than others on the fall 2011 runways, it still felt organic. Some of the highlights from the Behnaz Sarafpour Fall 2011 Collection included: the black wool crepe sleeveless trench atop the black leather and knit pant; the grey crepe de chine shirt with grey hand knit pullover, and black double face wool flounce skirt (This was one of my favorite looks for the entire season!); the black double knit tank paired with the black double knit slim skirt; the black textured strip t-shirt dress with a black leather and knit pant; the embroidered grey pleated georgette wrap top gown; and the grey matchstick guipure sheath dress.



The Parsons alumna has long been known for designing classically feminine clothes. Her pieces are never trend-driven; the simplicity of her namesake line is what makes it feel simultaneously timeless and modern. While most other designers have been having a major seventies love affair with bohemian prints or an androgynous moment with menswear tailoring, this presentation hinted at a 60’s bombshell, albeit a contemporary femme fatale. There were no diversions, no distractions, just beautifully crafted garments!  

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