São Paulo Fashion Week: Hats (And Masks) Off To You!

Day four of SPFW has Ronaldo Fraga, Maria Bonita and Huis Clos literally topping off their collections

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Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

As we all know, sometimes accessories make an outfit. That’s something Ronaldo Fraga, Maria Bonita‘s Danielle Jensen and Huis Clos‘s Clô Orozco have tapped into too. Each designer’s collection has a completely different feeling: Fraga’s is playful and fun, Jensen’s is light and feminine, and Orozco’s is dark and moody. But one thing they all have in common is not stopping their designs at the neck.

The Huis Clos collection is all about drama and, fittingly, brings a bit of the stage to the runway with cat-like eye masks made of a variety of elegant-looking feathers. Paired with fur covered and detailed pieces, emerald green shimmer and black lace overlays, the masks give the collection the look of an upscale Halloween party.

Maria Bonita’s collection takes a completely different turn, using cashmere to create floor-dusting dresses, jumpsuits, skirts and sweaters in seafoam, heather grey, baby pink, white and earth. Some dresses even have handbags built into them, sitting at the hip. The hats that go along with the city-construction-inspired collection look like they’ve been well-used and worn by the sun, giving the pristine pieces more character and structure because of their bends and folds.

But with Ronaldo Fraga, headgear is more than just a hat. Each look is paired with a gold swimmer-style cap and blue and purple paint, adding even more pop to looks that already hold their own. Some pieces have Fraga’s trademark intricate cutouts, while others use different arts-and-crafts-inspired techniques, like a dress of face cutouts that looks like it’s been pasted together, and another with old black and white photos of a woman dancing with additional details added in with paintbrush-like strokes. Not only did Fraga design straight to the top, but he also designed right to the bottom: all the heels are covered in a chenille-like fur.

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