Latin America’s biggest fashion event, Sao Paulo Fashion Week, started with a bang on Monday (October 28), as supermodel Karlie Kloss took to the runway.
Kloss, a Victoria’s Secret Angel and ranked the number seven model in the world by Models.com, walked for opening act Animale’s new bold 2014 Winter collection.
Animale designers chose to play with the dark mysticism winter often evokes by mixing themes of Scottish gothic with elements of British punk.
Seemingly not afraid of winter’s chill the collection featured many leggy, short cut dresses and transparent prints.
Animale designer Priscila Darolt explained the combining of ancient and modern themes.
“We are showing a collection inspired by ancient peoples from Great Britain mixed with contemporary influences. We are searching for this convergence between the ancient aesthetic and something contemporary,” Darolt said.
Born on the shores of Rio de Janeiro originally, Animale is a Brazilian label in existence for over 20 years and sold in over 500 locations.
Cris Nobrega, a fashion blogger at the Animale show was impressed with the choice of colour.
“The colours were brilliant. The burgundy, the military green, mixed with leather. A lot of very cool things I adored,” Nobrega said.
Labels Tufi Duek and Osklen also presented lines on Monday but it was the Uma Raquel Davidowicz show that had everyone talking.
Ballerinas from the Sao Paulo Dance Company took the place of models, performing evocative routines that kept the audience transfixed.
Uma, known for its consistently modern and dynamic cuts and minimalist approach to colour, chose to accentuate the comfortably of this winter collection by using dancers who are have considerably more muscular frames than the sleek runway models.
There is still a lot to come from Sao Paulo Fashion Week, which goes until November 1, including when hometown star Gisele Bundchen makes her return to the Sao Paulo catwalk on October 31.
Bundchen will be presenting for designer Colcci.
According to organizers, Sao Paulo Fashion Week is a meeting point for over 30,000 companies which employ over 2 million Brazilians and generate in upwards of $50 billion in export revenues.