January 13, 2011 (Rio de Janeiro) - Acquastudio opened the second day of Rio Fashion Week with the right foot.
The architectural shapes created by designer Esther Bauman resembled some of Marchesa's designs - however, they stood in a league of their own. The focus was clearly on the shapes that fabrics, woven materials and paillettes could create, generating a three-dimensional effect. With a strict color palette of black, charcoal, silver, camel and white, these effects were intensified and showcased perfectly all the craftsmanship behind the construction of the garments. The result was quite pleasing and the party dresses will surely be crowd pleasers as the winter comes.
The strategically messed-up high buns, light fabrics and barely-there make-up showed a clear ballerina influence on Maria Bonita Extra's winter collection. Transparencies and very light colors only helped enhance the mood - as well as the wooden floors and flat shoes tied up at the ankles. The accents of lipstick red, mustardy yellow, turquoise and muted water-colored flowery prints were good additions to a palette of light grey, dusky pink and camel. Long fluid skirts, angora sweaters and touches of lace helped create a very feminine and airy collection. An unusual collection for Maria Bonita Extra - who's famous for its very beautiful printed dresses - but one that will most likely grab the attention of its younger followers.
Coven brought a heavily Chanel-inspired collection to the catwalk, featuring loads of bouclé, chenille, argyle and checkered prints. The frayed edges were a feature of the collection, as well as mixed prints in a single ensemble. Lurex woven in fabrics and beaded details provided shimmer on garments. Most of the pieces evoked a strong winter; dark colors combined with embellished pieces in very heavy materials set the tone of this collection. The shoes are more than just worth mentioning: the black Chelsea ankle boots with lipstick red heels in architectural shapes were simply divine. Overall, it wasn't a very original collection; yet, the Chanel lovers all over Brazil will rejoice in Coven's winter ideas.
The swinging sixties and Giles Deacon's latest collection seemed to have influenced Giulia Borges' autumn/winter catwalk. The streamlined shapes, gigantic round buttons and colour palette are evidence that, for Giulia, minimalism isn't the only trend to follow. With loads of animal prints, browns, greens, yellows and purples, it was the most colourful catwalk show of the day. The shapes of dresses and the pony skin on heeled pumps resembled something Miuccia Prada would develop for Miu Miu and the result was a young and flirty collection. The black mini dress with furry polka dots is sure to be a sell-out come autumn!
As soon as the first model stepped on the catwalk it was clear to see that Maxime Peremulter's inspiration was the movie "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou". The outfits evoked simplicity and freshness of a seaside location. Clearly made for a warmer climate, the collection presented a different view of how "cariocas" (people from the city of Rio) can dress - the colors are present but the clean cut of fabrics and the lack of prints are somewhat different from the fashion normally seen on Rio's streets. Primary colors were beautifully complemented by a neutral palette of khakis, navy, white, black and brown. There were transparencies, hoodies, long skirts and shirting - clearly this season's main trends up to now - but British Colony's collection was very unique and surely one of the best the brand has presented up to now.
Fashion Rio Autumn/Winter 2011 | Day 3 >> read
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