BARBARA CASASOLA AUTUMN/WINTER 2015-16 READY-TO-WEAR LONDON
O say that Barbara Casasola draws sartorial inspiration from her native Brazil, would be somewhat misleading without further explanation. Far from the expressive frou and feathers that we saw last week at the Rio di Janeiro carnival, Casasola takes a conceptual approach when it comes to her creations – as seen this afternoon.
Employing a streamline approach, looks played out is three dimension with raised concertina patterns – “reversible sunray pleats” – the star of the show, on everything from long tank tunics to ankle-grazing skirts. The same attention to texture was seen throughout, with flawless silk tailoring, still-as-a-lake leather, and glossy two-tone dresses.
A more blatant nod to her native country, came in the form of the rainbow-hued Brazilian wish ribbons (“Fitas”) that cascaded from the collarbone and danced around the model’s frames, bringing a contemporary sense of carnival to this very covetable show.