Retro Fresh at BELLAVANCE

On a sun-drenched evening, the Spring 14 presentation from Bellavance offered playfulness befitting the gorgeous September weather. The collection showcased pieces such as a white floor-length robe in hammered silk, an all-denim ensemble and a pastel dress with four fabrics in over 140 pattern pieces. “This season is much lighter and fresher than Fall,” said designer Nolan Bellavance of a collection that trafficked in natural fabrics such as cotton, tencel and linen. “A more youthful vibe without losing the ladylike sensibility.” 

For a collection that explores themes involving “familial and structural foundations,” the line’s co-founder Bellavance cited inspiration from a cultural mélange that includes sisterhood, scaffolding, Memphis and especially Claire McCardell (the designer oft-credited with creating the “American Look” through her accessible women’s sportswear in the 1930s and ‘40s). “The collection is referencing an era in American fashion that emphasized pushing boundaries and experimentation,” said Bellavance, who won the first MADE for Peroni Young Designer Award a year ago. “We wanted to tap into that.”

So what’s next on the agenda for the rising designer? “Sleep and champagne,” said Bellavance.

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