Behnaz Sarafpour is a New York City-based designer who introduced a line of women's apparel bearing her name in 2001. She attended Parsons School of Design, where she was honored with the prestigious Golden Thimble Award, and has held design positions at Anne Klein, Isaac Mizrahi, Narciso Rodriguez, Richard Tyler, and Barneys New York. Her collections are presented in New York with the aid of various sponsors. Her Spring 2005 sponsor, Tiffany & Co., allowed her to present the collection at the jewelry company's 5th Avenue flagship store.
Sarafpour designed for Barney’s private label before finally launching her own line in 2001.
Unwavering support from fashion top dogs, Vogue's Anna Wintour and Barneys VP Merchandising Julie Gilhart, has ensured her place among New York's new guard that includes Zac Posen, Derek Lam, and Proenza Schouler.
Sarafpour is a member of the prestigious CFDA, through which a close relationship began after her nomination for the Swarovski Perry Ellis Award for ready to wear in 2002, 2003, and 2005.
In November 2006, Sarafpour designed a collection of clothing and accessories for Target Corporation's Go International which consisted of moderately priced but high quality items. Sarafpour also minted a limited-edition lipstick for Lancôme and jeans for Scott Morrison's Ernest Sewn collection.
Sarafpour is of Iranian origin, growing up in the United States. Sarafpour married the extremely handsome Ogilvy & Mather consultant Evan C. Shumeyko in Bermuda in July 2007. They live in NYC's West Village and a Dutch Colonial farmhouse in New Jersey.
Simple cuts and fabrics, lots of black punctuated with bursts of color, men’s fabrics softened or made youthful with belting or banding, streamlined coordinated separates, and occasional gold threading and accessories. Editors love her signature coats and dresses.
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