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.
There's nothing drab about this crop of grays. Lace tops, striped turtlenecks, layer-ready vests, and comfy tees are joined by decidedly more daring pieces: just look at standouts like the dramatic silk trousers, the edgy asymmetric trench, and the woven canvas coat — from names like Marni, Derek Lam, Vince, and more.
There’s still time to pick up stylish wintertime staples before spring hits — and the prices on these cold-weather items in this generous selection have been dramatically reduced. Today’s sale features essentials like belted peacoats and elegant wool numbers, along with cozy separates so chic they'll have you wishing for a few more months of winter.
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.
It’s the simple cuts and fabrics, the black punctuated with bursts of color, the streamlined, coordinated separates, and the unusual details that creates the Behnaz Sarafpour aesthetic. And this sale features some of her most gorgeous looks yet, from a handsome houndstooth jacket to a high-collared, keyhole crepe dress.