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Chadwick Bell

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BITS OF COUTURE


The up-and-coming New York-based line Chadwick Bell is actually a collaborative effort shared by Bell and Vanessa Webster. In their third season, elegant craftsmanship continues to be the main focus. Chadwick wants his clothes to be accessible: he says he thinks of “a woman who will come over to buy couture based garments then take the subway home.” Intricate details brought rich dimension to precise cuts and diaphanous fabrics. Gathers, pleats, tucks and shirred techniques added more couture allure. Black silk chiffon was used for a bralet that peeked out from under an ivory asymmetrical coatdress. Lacquered eel-skin was pieced onto silk chiffon,  creating a rich but featherweight leather effect.

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