SAO PAULO--For Spring 2012 (yes, we're already thinking about spring in Sao Paulo), designer Tufi Duek infused his collection with tribal motifs: metal bands around models' arms and thighs framed quirky paneled mini dresses done in couch-upholstery-thick fabrics. Some dresses were printed and had flouncy skirts, while others were stark white and had cleaner shift-like silhouettes with contrast black seams to create chevron-esque patterns.
The collection verged on Pocahontas at times--models' hair was styled pin straight and parted down the middle and leggings were laced up in leather--but it never crossed the line into over-the-top schtick. And despite the thick heavy fabrics, the collection had an overall light, fresh feel. Heavy beaded tunic tops were rendered delicate, held together with dainty straps across the back.
Take a look: **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).