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.
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.
Check out the ingenious way these styles use the simple bow. Frocks with a face-framing black bow stitched right into the neckline, a bow-sleeved tunic showing a slim flash of skin and a swing coat with bow pockets put a dressmaker’s spin on this girliest of icons.
No matter your style, there is no passing by this treasure trove of designer ready-to-wear. For the purely demure set, rich suiting and extraordinary blouses can be found from both Valentino and Gianfranco Ferré. Fans of arty textures and sharp geometry will revel in the selections from Vivienne Tam, Yohji Yamamoto, Hanni Y and Issey Miyake. Smart, ever-so-preppy separates come from the likes of Brooks Brothers, Boy by Band of Outsiders and Malo. And, that's just the tip of the iceberg (yes, we have that brand, too!).
International evenings out are the stuff of this sumptuous sale. Score silk paillette frocks from Israeli dressmaker Yigal Azrouel, jacquard cocktail dresses from Iranian designer Behnaz Sarafpour, and jeweled trapeze styles from Colombian label Brian Reyes.