SAO PAULO--Ellus set the stage for a standout show with an amazing live string quartet (mixed with electronic beat) and a unique stage backdrop, which looked like a wall taken right out of your living room. And happily, the clothes did not disappoint, easily matching the set's glamour and sophistication.
The face of the brand Aline Weber (who is Brazilian, duh) opened the show with an all black ensemble that was anything but boring, combining leather, sequins and wool in an artful blend of textures--certainly a promise of what was to come.
More all-black looks came down the runway, one after another, but despite the monotonous palette, each look felt unique and purposeful thanks to a healthy variation in textures: There was fur lining, long sequins, filmy silk, sturdy wool, leather, leather and yes, more leather. The collection certainly took some style notes from S&M mistresses, with buckled and corestted belts, short leather dresses--even a leather bra and skirt combo. One of our favorite looks was a worn-looking leather skirt and top with lace detailing up the sides, which was very Alaia.
Just when we thought the show was going to be completely black, the runway exploded into color, with a bevy of monochromatic red looks, which gave way to warmer golds, camels and prints. With more colors to work with, the contrasting textures were even more remarkable. The leather was still there but now, mixed with laces, colorful faux fur, and metallics, the effect was more playful.
Photos: Zé Takahashi / Ag. Fotosite