Rooted in the power of contrasts, Beaufille is a young brand that’s every bit the quirky-yet-refined, modest-and-tasteful newcomer it appears to be. It’s effortlessly cool and impossibly chic, with plays on proportion and the hard-soft, a difficult task to accomplish at any age. Sisters Chloé and Parris Gordon underscored a focus on finding harmony in such contrasts for a collection that was beautifully demure.
It all began with a trip to their parents’ summer home, where the sisters found unlikely color inspiration in a green-to-yellow ombré seaweed. The colors dictated fabric selection, and subsequently, atypical color combinations. Add to the mix an abstract print that reminded them of their mother’s paintings, created through a technique called discharge printing, where colors are strategically removed. The designers typically work with a subtle palette, and Chloé Gordon noted it was a curious and playful experiment.
Silhouettes took on house codes like volume, clean lines and flares, and balanced them in a play on the masculine-feminine. Satin suits, for instance, featured topstitching in the form of a woman’s curves. A sharply tailored double-breasted trenchcoat featured puffy, enhanced sleeves. There was textural play in the faux-fur outerwear and patent distressed leather. Even jewelry juxtaposed the natural quality of leopard agate against polished sterling silver.
The emphasis on the female form is worth mentioning. Atypical cutouts at the neckline, collar and midriff provided seductive allure, while underwire and built-in corsets further highlighted curves. Silhouettes managed to stay long and elegant in a display of gentle confidence.