WWD Digital Daily - - The Reviews - — Jean E. Palmieri

Christo­pher Be­vans has be­come skill­ful at mor­ph­ing su­per high-tech fab­rics and per­for­mance de­signs with fash­ion sil­hou­ettes that re­flect to­day's trends. And that was es­pe­cially ev­i­dent in his spring pre­sen­ta­tion for Dyne, which he ti­tled “Fu­ture Nomad.”

“We're bring­ing our love of the out­doors in the Pa­cific North­west to the city we grew up in,” said the New York-born de­signer.

His lineup in­cluded a hy­brid trench­coat/ ano­rak with side zip­pers that looked light as a feather yet had all the nec­es­sary per­for­mance el­e­ments.

Other stand­outs in­cluded an ul­tra­light navy suit with mi­cro-cargo pock­ets on the sleeves that dou­bled as an em­bel­lish­ment. “It's all about survival skills,” he said. The use of tie-dye — this sea­son's om­nipresent print — in tech­ni­cal fab­rics com­ple­mented the painterly ab­stract print used in pan­el­ing strips.

Be­vans also stood out from oth­ers this sea­son by em­bed­ding his well-known near-field com­mu­ni­ca­tion chip into the gar­ments and al­low­ing the in­vited show guests to place or­ders on the spot for pieces from the spring line. “You can get it in four weeks,” he said, be­fore he ships to re­tail stores in Jan­uary.

With Amer­i­can fash­ion's propen­sity for per­for­mance ath­leti­cism, Be­vans has been able to find the sweet spot be­tween that and con­tem­po­rary fash­ion.


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