January 17, 2011 (Rio de Janeiro) - An explosion of colors is the best way to describe Cantão's catwalk.
Inspired by the contrasting differences between nature and modern street art, the color palette had forest green, camel and grey as neutrals to offset turquoise, magenta, cherry red, orange and mint green.
The focus of the collection was prints - especially the contrasting mix of prints. There was a lot of embellishment through the application of sequins over prints and plain garments. Some of the designs worked; others just seemed to be put carelessly together. The collection stood out since it was a stark contrast to the minimalist trend happening at the moment. However, because the brand targets the teenage market the collection has a greater chance of succeeding.
Redley is a very well know surf-wear brand in Brazil and despite their heritage they presented a very minimalistic collection, focusing on layering effects and deconstructed garments. The palette helped to draw attention to these effects and the use of grey marl, black and white - with some accents of dark red and lime yellow - was spot on. The fabrics were very light and somewhat transparent, also to better showcase the juxtaposition of different garments. Despite some dhoti shorts and trousers, the collection seemed very current and daring - especially for a brand normally known for their swim shorts filled with floral prints.
The travelling man was the main inspiration for R. Groove's collection and the layering of garments was also a main directional point. This time, however, the cuts of garments were more structured - albeit roomy - and presented a less relaxed effect. A hippie/70s influence was evident through the sunglasses and South American native prints but the overall effect was very contemporary and directed to a young customer. The highlight was the military camouflage print, this time based on the "Hurt Locker" beige palette rather than the "Rambo" one - a nice change for such an overused print.
Deconstruction, ruching, pleating and gathering were the most used words to describe Espaço Fashion's collection after the show. With a color palette of watered down blues, purples, grays, greens and pinks, the catwalk evoked a very feminine and ethereal woman. Satins, silks, fluid and semi-transparent cottons, viscose and dashes of denim only helped enhance the mood. Very few prints were used, leaving the cuts and the combination of fabrics as the main focus. The inspiration of dreams and past memories was very well translated into the catwalk and will appeal to the brand's fans.
New Order is the accessories brand created by Osklen's founder, Oskar Metsavah, in order to supply shoes, handbags and costume jewelry to women who looked for different and unique items. This collection showcased perfectly the creativity of the brand; it united two polar opposites - ballet and militarism - and created a beautiful collection. The front of ballerina shoes was present in pumps, wedges and even in boots, as well as the pink satin. The same went for backpacks, camouflage prints and military boots, which presented themselves in more non-military ways. The collection was a feast for the eyes and the clothes - which unfortunately are made just for the catwalk - were also a highpoint. New Order is definitely a brand to watch.
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