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Spring 2017: Fashion angles

Renee Minus White | 2/2/2017, 2:40 p.m.
When you think about what’s new, think about what’s different from the last season.
Spring/summer '17 design by Beaufille Contributed

When you think about what’s new, think about what’s different from the last season. Instead of pant legs being snug and fitted, Beaufille, a women’s ready-to-wear and accessories line, brings back the flared pants and flared cuffs on the long sleeves of tops. The look is created by two sisters, Chloe and Parris Gordon, who founded their label in 2013. Their look is a contrast between masculine and feminine elements and the combination of hard and soft.

The designing sisters have created a luxury brand of artisanal womenswear. With combined backgrounds in textiles, fashion design, jewelry and metalsmithing, they were exposed to art at an early age. A fine artist, their mother hand painted fantastic murals and decorative designs throughout their home while they were growing up. Her love affair with fashion brought the girls to local luxury stores on a weekly basis. The experience instilled an appreciation for luxury fashion design and artful clothing.

After school, the sisters attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, a storied conceptual art school in Halifax, Canada. The school’s hands-on, from-scratch approach to creating product paved the way for the girls. In their collection, they pay strict attention to detail, craftsmanship and workmanship. Chloe earned her BA in fine arts, majoring in textiles, and Parris completed her BA in fine arts, majoring in jewelry design and metalsmithing. The name Beaufille itself is a juxtaposition, a nonsensical combination of French words that translate to “handsome girl.” The brand focuses on the sisters combining their opposing personalities and aesthetics into a cohesive collection of unusual harmony. Beaufille is an exploration of merging opposing elements through texture, simplicity, minimalism and subtle design details.

They make a terrific team. Chloe designs and creates the ready-to-wear collections, and Parris designs and creates the fashion and fine jewelry collections. Beaufille is currently based and manufactured in Toronto, Canada.

Creatures of the Wind, another design twosome, created a collection that was driven by concept and narrative. For their womenswear collection, inspiration was drawn from subcultures, mythological themes and youth culture. These designers, Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters, are both graduates of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Fashion Design. They also design menswear. They are listed as one of the best up-and-coming labels in the fashion industry. The collections are produced and distributed primarily in New York City’s Garment District. Creatures of the Wind’s footwear is produced in Italy.