Behnaz Sarafpour's masterful craftsmanship, eye for exquisite textiles, and eco-conscious approach to fashion design have earned her womenswear endless praise and awards. Based in New York City, this Iranian-American designer won the prestigious Golden Thimble as a student at Parsons before moving on to work for Anne Klein, Isaac Mizrahi, Narciso Rodriguez, and other exclusive brands. Since releasing her first runway collection in the early 2000s, Sarafpour has designed a collection for Target, a shade of red lipstick for Lancôme, a series of premium jeans (a collaborative effort with Earnest Sewn), and exquisite dresses and gowns snatched up by Selma Blair, Chloe Sevigny, and other fashion-forward celebrities. From wide-leg overalls to textured metal necklace designs, Sarafpour creates clean, minimalist clothing that redefines feminine.
Rich with bold prints, unexpected textures and strong silhouettes, this selection from Behnaz Sarafpour and Richard Chai is full of must-have pieces for fashion-forward trendsetters. Chai’s penchant for old-world tailoring and unusual fabric pairings shines through in the pistachio-colored plaid frock, featuring draped wool and silk with a contrast panel. And Sarafpour’s eye for luxe, exquisite fabrics is evident in the meticulously crafted alpaca wool dress, featuring a pin-tucked bust and panel seaming.
Practice your runway strut in threads from fashion's biggest names. Look to Derek Lam and Erin Fetherston for printed silk frocks. Or opt for candy-bright cotton dresses from Brian Reyes. And don’t miss Behnaz Sarafpour’s bold designs, like a cropped python jacket and Chantilly lace tie-collar blouse.
Those in the market for feminine, well-tailored separates will discover beautiful looks in a variety of color schemes. From Behnaz Sarafpour, elegant dresses, sharp blazers and slick pencil skirts come in a deep monochromatic palette. Just as refined is the Chris Benz assortment, but more effusive, pastel hues factor into the mix. Finally, Christian Cota follows suit with metallics and rich primary hues, infusing several select pieces, from a drop-waist dress to a gorgeously pleated blouse.
Iranian-Born Behnaz Sarafpour moved to New York City in 1989 to attend Parsons School of Design. While still in school, Sarafpour started work at Anne Klein, where she designed under Richard Tyler and Narcisco Rodriguez. Upon graduating, she went to work for Isaac Mizrahi until launching her own label in 2001. Known for substantial yet elegant style, innovative fabrics and precise design, Sarafpour received support from fashion elite, including Vogue’s Anna Wintour and Barneys VP of Merchandising, Julie Gilhart. This secured her spot among New York’s “New Guard” of young designers. It’s the simple cuts and fabrics, black punctuated with bursts of color, streamlined coordinated separates and unusual detail that creates the Behnaz Sarafpour signature aesthetic. She earned three nominations for the CFDA’s Perry Ellis Award for Women’s Ready to Wear and later became a CFDA member. Her collections have been sponsored by venerable luxury companies including Moet & Chandon and Van Cleef & Arpels as well as becoming the first and only designer to present a collection at the Tiffany & Co flagship store. Her success has fostered a huge celebrity following and distribution at specialty boutiques, Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue and now, Gilt Groupe.