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.
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.
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!
Black top and an interesting black skirt
An amazing dress
A great cut on the upper part of the body
A beautiful and relaxed combination
Great blazer and flowy skirt
Accentuate your waistline
90s spaghetti straps anyone?
Plunging neckline and a collection of sheers
In love with this skirt!
Great blazer in a monochrome color combination
Don’t be afraid to mix those cut-outs
All the sunset is on this dress
This dress keeps up the mystery
This skirt looked perfect on the runway
The same perfect skirt in another color
Don’t be afraid to mix materials!
A perfect color mix for autumn
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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