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.