CHADWICK BELL fall 2013
Nostalgia meets modern or Funky meets Cool at Chadwick Bell for Fall 2013. A California Music Festival circa 1967 inspires contrasting vibes of east meets west, unstructured against structured, and slouchy versus sophistication set to a rich soundtrack.
These are just a few of the design inspirations Chadwick Bell told us he was looking to explore this season…
“I started with Simon and Garfunkel [and then] Carole King. I used to go surfing with my dad at 5 AM and he would always have Carole King on in his big 150s stereo,” said Bell.
The ensembles were seamed with purpose and pieced or cuffed for proper, details added interest to simple suited trousers and blazers. Playing against the clean and structured lines of tailored pants and boxy tops in neoprene and flannel, the coats were relaxed but not sloppy. Richly colored toppers in black currant, persimmon, and beetle green were sleek, with roundly sloping silhouettes sitting a few inches off the shoulder and a slightly exaggerated trapeze shape things get retro. Bell added, “I wanted to create wide shapes [to make you wonder], ‘What’s under that?’”
Looks were styled with large chunky necklaces strung with fist-size resin bangles from Dinosaur Designs of Australia, which Bell hoped would add “something worldly” (and almost tribal-esque) to his designs. Unlike Bell’s spring girl–who was lost and desperately roaming the desert, fall’s muse knows exactly where she is going. She has a view of the past, but she’s looking forward, and that duality was reflected in the clothes. fdmLOVES Chadwick Bell fall 2013 selects Bell by Brigitte Segura. Commentary by Barii Suzuki-Bell, written by Sarah Freiseis.