SAO PAULO--Gloria Coelho is one of the doyenne's of Brazil's fashion scene (also the ex-wife of Reinaldo Lourenço and mother of Pedro Lourenço). She presented her spring 2012 collection yesterday which she called "Spiritual Psychedelic."
Before I get into the clothes, Coelho's line sheet merits quoting: "After 184 years Neptune enters Pisces upon returning to its home, the deep sea, resstablishing the universal love, compassion, solidarity and fantasies dissolving the rigidness of concrete and infinite. By shuffling the mind and giving a lysergic air to everything it touches, we created clothes with energy of love and healing intension, clothes that heal." Coelho says she looked to "1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 2011 and X-Men" for inspiration (yes, X-Men is a year). As for colors, the collection uses "colors from the sixties," and "Pokemon colors."
As you can imagine, after reading Coelho's line sheet (and I had plenty of time to do so seeing as how her show was nearly two hours late), I was intrigued to see the clothes. And despite the wacky descriptions and inspiration, the clothes were pretty great. Leather tunics depicting desert imagery were layered over slightly flared sand-colored leather pants. Intricately constructed dresses were done in strips of that same sand-colored leather with bright colors bursting through in between the slits, and leather blazers with laser cut outs were paired with leather bike shorts. Leather gave way to dresses and separates in super glossy woven PVC in bright colors and swirly prints--think shower-curtain-chic--and somehow it all worked.
**All photos: © Agência Fotosite/Zé Takahashi via FFW.com.br
*My travel and accommodations for Sao Paulo fashion week, courtesy ABEST (Associação Brasileira de Estilistas).