Photography: Kathleen O’Neill
The name “Beaufille” loosely translates to “masculine woman,” but there was nothing masculine about the Beaufille S/S ’18 collection—and that’s not a bad thing. In the last few years, as fashion has grown increasingly inclusive and less concerned with irrelevant gendered labels of what constitutes womenswear and menswear, a lot of designers have thrown away the idea entirely. Take for instance, Maison the Faux, the Danish faux fashion house who’s done away with the term entirely, creating what they call only “humanwear.” This pushback has inspired some of fashion’s best recent collections, and some of BULLETT‘s favorite designers, like Sanchez-Kane, Eric Schlosberg, Palomo Spain, BARRAGAN—the list goes on and on. But it’s also made classic womenswear a rarity, and brands like Beaufille a black sheep amongst the oversized and gender neutral collections we’ve seen across runways. As everyone else has been experimenting with ways to overcome boundaries, Parris and Chloe Gordon have perfected their own brand of effortless femininity that’s both simple and radical, in it’s own delicate way.
For their Spring collection, the design duo focused on the relationship between form and function, creating a symbiotic connection between their materials and technique. Choosing satins, silks, chiffons and knits, the designers really let their fabrics dictate the final silhouettes, resulting in flowy dresses and comfortable suits that never felt overdone. That’s probably the brand’s biggest strength—Beaufille uses simplicity to create its own kind of youthful elegance that separates the brand from its contemporaries. While a lot of other designers are focused on reinventing the wheel—or designing streetwear—Beaufille remains dedicated to classic American sportswear with a cheeky French twist. And I can’t think of anything cooler than that.
View behind-the-scenes photos from the presentation, above.