Animale opened Sao Paulo Fashion Week with a stunning collection of sensual, chic ensembles of cotton, silk, wool, and velvet in shades of ivory, brown, white and indigo. The pieces included flowing tops, relaxed separates, asymmetric skirts, and fabulous coats that fluttered down the runway, billowing heavy fabrics with rich hues.\n\n

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Uma Raquel Davidowicz showed a more relaxed RTW collection with leather, suede, denim, muslin, cotton, satin and silk. The looks ranged from minimalist well-tailored looks to geometric, print ensembles and dressed down looks. Most of the looks in this collection were not quite my cup of tea, but there were some diamonds in the rough that made the show worthwhile.

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Victor Dzenk’s collection centered around an equestrian theme in mediums of leather, knit and silks. The show nods to the American west, with ponchos, flat top cowboy hats, fringe and animal prints in hues of browns, burnt orange, white and tan. Now, if one described an equestrian theme to me, I would immediately assume that I would not enjoy the collection. Yet Dzenk takes the motif and elevates it to a level of such sophistication and luxury, it’s impossible for me not to love this collection.

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The Tufi Duek show was inspired by ancient gladiator and Viking warriors with dark hues of reds, black, browns, and pops of green, gold and blue in mediums of leather, crepe and wool with metal and sequin embellishments. The looks included armor-like separates, maxis, mini dresses over leather leggings, and knee length tie-cinched coats. Love this collection.

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PatBo showed a collection of chic knit and silk Bohemian prints on maxi dresses, crop top and midi skirts, and mini dresses. What caught my eye with this collection was the play with necklines, cutouts, and silhouettes. The looks were sexy, young and vibrant.

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The Cavalera collection was inspired by from the children’s tale, ‘Hansel and Gretel’ by the Grimm Brothers. Mediums used were satin, silk, muslin, wool, leather, denim and cotton in dark, muted hues with prints and pops of vibrant reds throughout the collection. The line showcased long coats, skirts, a denim jumber, dresses and blouses. The looks seemed to fuse whimsy Tracht with a bit of a Spanish flare.

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