Top 10 Trends at São Paulo Fashion Week – Winter 2011

What came down the runway, time and time again, at SPFW

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Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

Sergio Borelli

1. Luxurious Leather – A winter staple, leather made it into almost every collection shown in the six days of SPFW. From the rock ‘n’ roll variations from Cavalera and Colcci, to the colourful studded pieces from Jefferson Kulig and Ana Salazar, leather is the way to go. And if you don’t want to be covered in head-to-toe leather, you can always go for gloves, like the popular pairs in brights instead of the usual black and brown, also from Ana Salazar.

2. Fabulous Fur – One of the best ways to keep warm during the winter season is with fur, and the designers at SPFW clearly want to keep you cozy. Paired with feathered masks (Huis Clos), hanging from handbags (FH por Fause Haten) or covering shoulder shawls (Jefferson Kulig), fur made its way into collections in many ways.

3. Black and White – Brazil might be known as a colourful country, but many of the collections at SPFW went for the classic combination of black and white. Ronaldo Fraga did it in fabulous old-photo prints, Fause Haten did it in fur and Tufi Duek did it in soft ruffles and leather.

4. Sheer Genius – It might be the time of year for winter collections, but that doesn’t mean you have to be all covered up. Sheer, gauzy fabrics made their way onto the runways at SPFW, from Lino Villaventura’s men’s pants, to Maria Bonita’s long skirts and blouses.

5. Pleasing Pleats – Not everything at SPFW was as smooth as silk. Pleating details were in every type of look, like the long, billowing pants and short skirts from Ghetz.

6. Beautiful Bows – With all those layers, it’s the little details that keep things feminine in the world of womenswear. Big or small, bows made an impact on SPFW collections, like those of André Lima and Do Estilista.

7. Long-legged Ladies – Billowy trousers and floor-dusting pillar skirts lightened the usual winter look of leather and knits at SPFW. Some of the best: Maria Bonita’s full-length button-front dresses, Tufi Duek’s white column skirt and Alexandre Herchcovitch’s black and neon yellow dress worn by transgendered model Lea T.

8. Neon Nights – Black and white was popular at SPFW, but so was neon, in every colour. André Lima had pink satin, Alexandre Herchcovitch had yellow lace and Jefferson Kulig had blue leather.

9. Ladylike Lace – Another feminine detail to keep some of the bulky looks of winter light at SPFW was lace overlays. Alexandre Herchcovitch did his in black and neon yellow sleeves, and Do Estilista’s black dress and capelette are trimmed in lace and paired with black lace gloves.

10. A Place to Hang Your Hat – A variety of hats were seen on the heads of models at SPFW, from pillbox-style at Ana Salazar, to painted swimmer-style caps at Ronaldo Fraga, to Fernanda Yamamoto’s clear plastic waves.

Check out the full runway-side action from São Paulo Fashion WeekAshton Kutcher! Paris Hilton! Crazy hats!) (

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