Day two of São Paulo Fashion Week showed the black, white and muted all over theme of day one the door, and ushered in some to-die-for colours and prints. Lucas Nascimento, designer of luxury knitwear label GHETZ, sure knows how to spin a yarn. While his winter collection does include your basic black and beige, what really stands out are the rich blue, red and burgundy pieces. Heavy coats over light airy dresses with pleating details, fully pleated pants paired with sheer turtlenecks, printed body-hugging jumpsuits, and cropped jackets with nothing but a black fabric T underneath, are some of the highlights.
NEON doesn’t disappoint on the colour front either, with a collection so bright you need sunglasses to see it. Funnily enough, designers Rita Comparato and Dudu Bertholini provide a large red and gold pair as one of their looks (my personal favourite), with the lenses only visible when the models arms are extended outwards. Other bold statements made in this graphic collection (artistically, of course) are a blue and white hooded swimsuit with white hands for a top, a black leather mini-dress with a red heart for a front, and many strategically placed mannequin hands, either attached to the models’ arms or used as walking sticks.
Alexandre Herchcovitch‘s womenswear collection looks like it’s back to all black at the start, but as it progresses, so does its use of colour. It may be only one colour — a neon yellow/green — but it’s the perfect way to highlight the craftsmanship in Herchcovitch’s work. Lots of lace details and pearls soften the look of the elbow- and wrist-length black leather gloves, as do shoulders touched by feathers and ruffles. But the best use of colour and detail all day: black hoods falling over faces with neon lace trims. And the best display of diversity so far: transgendered model Lea T. walking the runway.