When I think Southwest Style, I think cowboy hats, boots and, I don’t know, maybe chaps?  For Spring/Summer 2013, Chadwick Bell took his inspiration from the Southwest.  It was unexpected, to say the least.

Bell brought his woman on a journey of self-discovery that just happened to take place in the Southwestern U.S.  You could see the influences in every piece.

The journey began with light fabrics, soft sand hues mixed with brilliant whites and a touch of leather in the form of a black vest.  A wearable form of gaucho pants were wide and full of movement.

As the journey continued, structures took shape.  A fitted sand leather jacket was belted in the thinnest leather, embellished with a patch.  A dress was draped, but pulled in at a high waist.  Layers increased as this mystical woman traveled on.  Then came the color:  deep teal, brilliant gold, light lavender.

As the journey concluded, the clothes got more complicated.  A real standout was a white floor-length dress with cutouts at the top of the arms.  It looked and felt like a fantastical journey.  The mix of colors and textures was masterful.  It’s a journey definitely worth taking.

Photography: Anton Brookes

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