NEW YORK FASHION WEEK/ — At first glance, the Beaufille Fall/Winter 2018 collection seemingly took inspiration from men’s garments. But, at closer look, it is more of a juxtaposition of both the masculine and the feminine, like the yin and the yang with their symbiotic and individualistic approach.
Literally translated as “handsome girl,” Beaufille is a Toronto-based womenswear and accessories brand designed by sisters Chloé and Parris Gordon.
For this season, Chloé started out with the concept of menswear inspired tailored outerwear, offering clean lines with added cupping and deep darting underneath the bust.
This concept was translated throughout the collection in the form of blazers, blouses, and a shift dress silhouettes. Instead of playing with new textures this season, it was all about creating and playing with new fabrications like a custom wide rib knit, multi-colored crochet knits, structured neoprene, a customized graphic knit mimicking their signature open mesh knit, and a leather looking coated cotton, that you come to associate with the brand.
There is a play on weights from a traditional printed plaid tartan used mostly for structured and tailored silhouettes, to a fluid woven multi-coloured chiffon tartan that was used to bring in more femininity through the use of elastic shirring, and gathering. The collection is piece driven this season and about making an impact through sharp tailoring, volume, shape, and asymmetry while still being both inadvertently romantic in execution with an effortless sensibility.
Meanwhile, Parris focused on the exploration of traditional fine jewelry materials of gold, pearls and diamonds that make a bold statement and therefore amplify the role it plays in the collection. Exaggerating size and translating the traditionally feminine materials into tougher silhouettes chunky gold metals were meant to bulk up and contrast the more delicate elements.
After exploring modern light fixtures as well as properties of light, faux diamonds in the form of chains, domes and spheres are used to explore how jewelry can become light fixtures of their own; earrings that illuminate the wearer’s face, necklaces adding a brightness that accentuates the lines of the body. Pearls curve and weave on golden rods, mimicking falling leaves as the seasons change.
The jewelry pieces become a mindful homage to the hard and soft, creating this unique harmony that defines the brand.
Beaufille is currently sold at Net-A-Porter, Moda Operandi, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom Space, Totokaelo and more luxury boutiques internationally.
Photos courtesy of Beaufille