Latin America’s biggest fashion event, São Paulo Fashion Week, started with a bang on Monday October 28, as supermodel Karlie Kloss took to the runway.
Kloss, ranked number seven in the world by Models.com, walked for opening act Animale’s bold new 2014 winter collection.
Animale designers chose to play with the dark mysticism winter often evokes, by mixing a Scottish gothic theme with elements of British punk.
Refusing to succumb to the chill of winter, the collection featured many leggy, short cut dresses and transparent prints.
Animale designer, Priscilla Darolt, elaborated:
“We’re showing a collection inspired by ancient peoples from Great Britain, mixed with contemporary influences. We’re searching for a convergence between the ancient aesthetic and something contemporary.”
First established in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian label Animale is over 20 years old and is sold in more than 500 locations.
Other labels, such as Tufi Duek and Osklen, also presented lines on Monday, but it was the Uma show by Raquel Davidowicz that had everyone talking.
Ballerinas from the São Paulo Dance Company took the place of models, performing evocative routines that kept the audience transfixed.
Uma is known for its consistently modern and dynamic cuts and minimalist approach to colour. Davidowicz chose to accentuate the comfort of this winter collection by using dancers who have considerably more muscular frames than the sleek runway models.
There is still a lot to come from São Paulo Fashion Week, including the much-anticipated return of homegrown star, Gisele Bündchen, to its catwalk on October 31.
According to organisers, São Paulo Fashion Week is a meeting point for over 30,000 companies. More than two million Brazilians are employed for the event, which generates upwards of €36 billion in export revenues.
São Paolo Fashion Week runs until November 1.