by David Pedroza, Editor in Chief
As the music of John Adams rings through a salon at the Standard Hotel, chic, beauties, model the Spring 2012 collection of Chadwick Bell. Chic, was not the note used in most of the New York Spring 2012 collections, but Chadwick Bell designs CLOTHES for a specific client that demands a certain standard of modern, sensibility, and "chicness". Inspired by "the wife of an art collector", Bell's Spring 2012 collection had a Balenciaga silhouette, such as a printed cocoon jacket, cigarette pants, Tulip ball skirts, all rendered in fabrics with body (some jackets carried a Dior "Bar" suite shape). The clothes would suite a modern day Tippi Hendren (Bell's clothes reminded me of Alfred Hitchcock's 'Marnie') all done in blush pinks, slate grey , ecru, lime green, and colors that bring the softness of Spring, but remain sophisticated and restrained. Embellishment was kept minimal, and evening where was simple, yet elegant. Chadwick Bell has created a following of chic of very discreet women (Stand outs at the presentation where, Carolina Herrera and couture collector Judith Corrente). After seeing Chadwick Bell's vision for Spring 2012, it is not hard to imagine a chic, intellectual, social doyenne, wearing these looks out on the streets, or at a Gallery opening.