Have you ever seen clothes that can evoke the sunset and the sunrise of a beautiful country?

If you haven’t it is time you do, as Barbara Casasola started Day Two of London Fashion Week with this precise type of clothes. It was the first time I ever got to see one of her collections up close, through actually being in the room at the show, and I was transfixed by the beauty and simplicity of the garments. She managed to evoke the perfect feeling of the Brazilian sun, with inflections of Ligia Pape’s divisions of texture and light, as well as 90s references appearing in the construction of the silhouettes.

Ligia Pape’s artistic studies of the ocean provide a source of inspiration, as well as dictate the divisions of texture and light throughout the collection. The wide-ranging curves of brasilia are also expressed through the draped busts to the sensual reveal of transparent panels present on the clothes.

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Her signature tailored blazers are worn sleeveless and long or simply etched out at the ribs to continue smoothly into soft ribbon ties giving a nod to the pareo-like garments that follow. The whole collection is embodied in a setting that features the verdant growth of Brazilian palms put against frosted fiberglass.

Let’s talk a little bit about the very accomplished Barbara Casasola.

History

Barbara Casasola was born in Brazil, in 1984 and completed her Fashion Design foundation at the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London, while subsequently studying at the distinguished Instituto Marangoni in Milan, where she graduated Cum Laudae and first in her class in 2007.

Upon completion of her studies she was hired as first assistant designer for womenswear at Roberto Cavalli, where she would be staying for almost 3 years. She afterwards moved to Paris and consulted on several major fashion brands there.

She debuted her first collection in September 2013 on-schedule on the London Fashion Week catwalks and in 2014 she was named the youngest designer ever to be made Pitti W “Guest Women’s Wear designer”.

Her designs are drafted in her studio in London and then each piece is made in Italy.

Here are the mesmerizing photos!

Barbara Casasola's Southern Inspiration

Black top and an interesting black skirt

Barbara Casasola's Southern Inspiration

An amazing dress

Barbara Casasola's Southern Inspiration

A great cut on the upper part of the body

Barbara Casasola's Southern Inspiration

A beautiful and relaxed combination

Barbara Casasola's Southern Inspiration

Great blazer and flowy skirt

Barbara Casasola's Southern Inspiration

Accentuate your waistline

Barbara Casasola's Southern Inspiration

90s spaghetti straps anyone?

Barbara Casasola's Southern Inspiration

Plunging neckline and a collection of sheers

Barbara Casasola's Southern Inspiration

In love with this skirt!

Barbara Casasola's Southern Inspiration

Great blazer in a monochrome color combination

Barbara Casasola's Southern Inspiration

Don’t be afraid to mix those cut-outs

Barbara Casasola's Southern Inspiration

All the sunset is on this dress

Barbara Casasola's Southern Inspiration

This dress keeps up the mystery

Barbara Casasola's Southern Inspiration

This skirt looked perfect on the runway

Barbara Casasola's Southern Inspiration

The same perfect skirt in another color

Barbara Casasola's Southern Inspiration

Don’t be afraid to mix materials!

Barbara Casasola's Southern Inspiration

A perfect color mix for autumn

Barbara Casasola's Southern Inspiration

This skirt would look great on a Brazilian beach, wouldn’t it?

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All photos courtesy of Harry Carr©

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