When we first spotted New York designer Bahar Shahpar’s adorable eco-friendly fashions last spring, we were instantly smitten with the playful colors, impeccable tailoring and smart-yet-sassy aesthetic . Whats not to love about cute, colorful, wearable frocks and skirts produced locally in New York City from natural, organic materials? Last summer, Bahar’s iconic flower babydoll dress (shown below) could be found on just about every eco-chic girl in town, and we predict another Bahar Shahpar craze will hit soon when the designer’s new fall collection hits stores in September.
At the House of Organic sustainable fashion show last week, we got a sneak peek at Shahpar’s new fall collection, and our socks were knocked off by the charmingly playful, original-yet-very-wearable designs. The Plaid Prepster Jumper (shown above) is certain to be this year’s runaway hit (aka the flower babydoll dress of 2008), with its flattering cut and inspired take on plaid. However, a word of warning to all the NYC ecofashionistas out there — this jumper so immediately recognizable that we’re all going to notice when there are 4 of you wearing this at the next Green Drinks. So please, if you want this dress, you’ll need to coordinate with your peers.
The silk dinner dress (above), which Bahar showed in a couple different colors, exemplifies the designer’s talents and unique sensibility. Her dinner dress is classic, devoid of trendiness/faddishness, and is something you could own and wear for years as a classy wardrobe staple. What woman doesn’t need a little silk black dress? At the same time, the unique and creative details of the dinner dress (asymmetrical keyhole neckline, wide belt, 3/4 length puff sleeves) makes the design feel new and fresh, despite the fact that it is also extremely practical and you might get 20 years of use out of it. Talk about having the best of both worlds! Eco-fashion is never going to hit mainstream until it becomes more like this: bold, bright, interesting and provocative, yet totally wearable at the same time. We can’t wait until Bahar Shahpar’s new line hits stores. Meanwhile, we’re starting the pre-ordering now.