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SPFW AW 2010 // Neon

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Neon

 

Neon is always a fun party favourite. This was a very flashy collection which made plenty of noise with it's loud prints, bright colours and flamboyantly literal interpretation of animals in some of the pieces in the collection.

 

The Neon models are always instructed to strut it out nice and strong which is always fun to watch. As usual I liked the simplicity of the hair and make-up as well as the super playful accessories including some excellent headwear on show - though I didn't dig the fishy shoes. The Neon woman needs to have a personality as bold as the clothing, otherwise you could be in danger of the clothes wearing you instead of the other way round...

 

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Beautiful rich colours in lush combinations as usual, one area in which Neon never disappoints - working looks that will brighten anyone's day from grey London to sunny Sydney.

 

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Gorgeous detail in their prints using a riot of strong colours

 

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Break down the styling and you'll find in fact that you have excellent seperates that are very easily wearable.

 

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An entertaining collection that, as usual underneath the showiness, delivered exactly what Neon does best, capable clothes that are simply fun to werk.

 

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SPFW AW 2010 // Forum Tufi Duek
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Forum Tufi Duek's collection in varying shades of black that was easily made fluid and light with a great mix of textures and subtle lowlight colours with a range of super on point silhouettes and shapes.

 

Lara Stone was imported to walk the runway, and appeared in two pretty much identical looks, except for the colours. Whilst not being a ground breaking collection by any means, it was certainly bang on trend, and I really liked the clean and unfussy styling and the equally unfussy but strong shoes. 

 

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Love the platform and banana heel ankle boots.

 

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Rather simple and safe lines but most definitely a no-brainer when it comes to ease of wear and given some interest with the juxtaposition of textures in the top and skirt.

 

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A great wedge platform coupled with these ace black trousers (if you can't tell, I really did love the shoes in this show, they're totally great solid, staple kinda footwear).

 

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And for a more femme black number is this sweet little dress.

 

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An easily consumable - without being junkfood - collection, all in all.

 

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SPFW AW 2010 // Maria Bonita

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I found Maria Bonita's latest collection appealing very much to my own wardrobe (well, except for maybe those shoes. I don't wear no granny shoes, no matter how youthful their colour be - but in this case, these shoes still can't be saved by being brightly coloured). 'Square' is given a desirable twist by Bonita, with squares being lazercut into trousers, coats and dresses, collars in salor-esque squares, even lot of the same coloured squares - or perhaps they were rectangles - pieced together to make a witty and effortlessly casual dress and blazer combo; yet all still without being too literal.

 

Cool and breezy; this collection is almost even a little smug in it's well executed and coherent articulation...Maria Bonita made it hip to be square.

 

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Perhaps a little breezy in the winter, but that's what layers are for!

 

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Backstage action. I have to say, those shoes are particularly ugly in red. Sorray.

 

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Interesting hood/collar combo

 

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Very cute and light sweater dress. Don't sweat the square stuff. No chance of that wearing this number in winter.

 

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SPFW AW 2010 // Osklen

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Osklen is a very long and well established Brasilian label (and one of the few that is sold and has stores outside of Brasil) by sport medicine specialist turned designer Oskar Metsavaht.

 

This latest collection was an interesting one; the garments giving the models an opportunity to take the phrase 'looks good in a cardboard box' to another level - in a good way. Some pieces also reminded me of the tumbling mats when I used to do gymnastics; with their paradoxically foamy soft / robo-armor aesthetic. This collection could be for the would be eco-warrior of the fashion forward kind.

 

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Architectural shoulders, making your head look like it's peeping over a wall.

 

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A softer look; a maxi dress with a touch of toucan

 

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Yay or nay to the peep toe man boot?

 

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I enjoyed the seemingly random, casual and chunky crumples and folds in the

short sleeved jacket; whilst it still retained a light feel, nicely contrasted by the silky sheer texture of the bottom layers.

 

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Au Revoir SPFW!
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Front row pap frenzy for a soap star at SPFW

 (crappy) photography by Christel Escosa

 

So another Fashion Week over in another city. It feels an age ago since we said hello last week, but SPFW you treated me well, with your mini-burgers, gourmet pizza and little h'ordeuvres. You goodie bagged me, after-partied me, coffeed me up and champagned me into a supernova. And of course last but not least, you fashioned me up, Brazilian style. All in all a great week.

 

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(Kinda irrelevant I know but I couldn't resist) Ebony and ivory, together in perfect harmony. I LOVE IT.

at the SPFW Pop-Up store (including Colette, Melissa and Choque Cultural)

 

Here's a quick snippet of good friend Gustavo Onassis (who participated in Casa de Criadores this season just gone) one of the exhibition rooms showcasing some archive pieces from a few French designers.

 

IM//UR at SPFW

 

Big kisses to all the fabulous PRESS PASS girls, they are an oasis of cool, calm and clarity, even when you're caught in the midst of a throng of the fashion rabble clamouring against security and photographers and organisers.

 

We all complain much the way through it, but it's a fabulous circus, innit!

 

So that's it! Til next season...

 

SPFW SS 09-10 // André Lima
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André Lima, backstage

all SPFW photographs courtesy of © AGÊNCIA FOTOSITE

 

Amazonian born and raised designer André Lima is the epitome of fashion, queridos. His show was the closer for the whole of Sao Paulo Fashion Week and there's a reason why they left him til last - and he didn't disappoint.

 

His designs are notorious for being difficult to wear, and only for a certain kind of woman - generally meaning super slim, super tall, and super modelesque. His clothes are ideal on a woman who likes her body, isn’t afraid to use it and is comfortable with herself. Unlike a lot of designers who design only for a certain kind of body type, André seems to design for a certain kind of mind set - FIERCE being the operative word.

 

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The girrrrls backstage

 

Of his designs, André told me once that, "People buy into the fantasy of fashion – of creating an image. Of putting a garment on and being transformed into something else entirely.” In his SS 09-10 he transformed his models into colourful exotic leggy birds, strutting around like uber peacocks with a far more kaleidoscopic range of colours to a banging soundtrack, including more than just the opening sample of The Golden Filter's sexily breathy 'Solid Gold' that had been haunting SPFW (and Casa de Criadores prior to that) all week.

 

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And amongst this, André didn't neglect my favourite - dizzying graphic black and white prints, by themselves and crammed in amongst the riot of colour that he used for much of the collection.

 

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I don't normally wear trousers (no Lady Gaga comments, please) but if I did...

 

With his usual total lack of regard for economy, André Lima spared no expense in the yards and yards of fabric he uses to create the long trains fanning out behind the short geometrically edged dresses, nor did he skimp on the floral-like plumes bursting from various shoulders, lower backs and hips.

 

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And for the less colourfully inclined, there was a deceptively more subdued run of black numbers, but they were no less sexy or flamboyant than the printed ones; so to spell out the collection in a word, like Fergie says, was just plain old G-L-A-M. O. R. O-U-S yeah.

 

André Lima SPFW SS 09-10

 

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SPFW SS 09-10 // Alexandre Herchcovitch (Menswear)
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Alexandre Herchcovitch (Menswear)

all SPFW photographs courtesy of © AGÊNCIA FOTOSITE

 

Here we go, Herchcovitch Menswear. Last time I attended this show, I complained about Herchcovitch print bandaids being given out in the goodie bags. But everyone else seemed to love them; I just gave mine away - perhaps I should have flogged them off on Ebay instead.

 

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Penguin, datchu?

 

Anyway, this season, there was a slick badboy feel to the collection. Glossy black and navy satin check suits; embellished and woven baseball style breastplates (which also reminded me of bulletproof vests) - it felt like a cross between some kind of slick cocktail hour baseball mafia and a taller, much more slender and far hotter version of Batman's the Penguin.

 

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Heyyy Batter Batter / Batman

 

With cropped double breasted coats, tux pants, and suit shorts (Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang are catching), sleeveless trenches, bibs, bow ties on collarless shirts, and literally, one piece jump suits, Herchcovitch presented a collection that was perfect to do all kinds of crime in.

 

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Styled and accessorised with tight little baseball caps at a thoroughly jaunty angle, umbrellas and organically zig zagging canes, it was decidedly debonair collection with a cigar in it's (metaphorical( mouth, a twinkle in it's eye, and a charmingly crooked smile. Loved it.

 

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SPFW SS 09-10 // Neon
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all SPFW photographs courtesy of © AGÊNCIA FOTOSITE

 

Neon is definitely another name you need to know (and if you don't already - it's stocked at my faves Surface to Air and Opening Ceremony). The baby of designers Dudu Bertholini, Rita Comparato and Caca Ribeiro, Neon is the epitome of modern Brazilian urbanity crossed with their tropicalian roots. This season's 70s influence is very evident; though some of the later prints reminded me a little too much of a something on a kitschy Bakelite dinner set, it was a cool show nonetheless.

 

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The collection had fabulous colour combinations, just enough dramatic sleeve and swish to pose with, as well as some body con little block colour sleeveless dresses to insinuate around a poolside bar or, if you're feeling a little attention seeking, simply down the street to buy some bread and milk in (I would). With a kind of playful, diva-esque insouciance, Neon is a reliable delight.

 

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Donna, That 70s show, datchu?

 

Designer Dudu Bertholini is a regular on the Sao Paulo club scene, famous for his flowing hair and garments as well as his poses - we love that the models hit their poses exactly like he does...BAM! Smile with your eyes! Or as is the case with the model in the number up the top - with your bum cheeks.

 

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