SAO PAULO--Despite its mostly tropical climate, Paulistas are huge fans of fur. Given, this is their winter season but, it never really gets cold here. No matter, the Brazilians like their fur and they know how to design and style it too. Case in point: FH for Fausen Haten, who styled many of their evening looks with silky fur stoles and neckwarmers.
While the fur did lend a wintry edge to the collection, the looks were generally season-less, with a cool tropical leaf print dominating the first half of the show, and giving way to stunning emerald green, and brilliant purple gowns. Sometimes it was hard to pin down the direction of the collection--the green frock with a massive hoop skirt, for instance, didn't seem like it belonged in the same group as the slinky dresses with geometric prints, however, individually, I liked nearly every piece that walked the runway.
While the fashion crowd here seemed to dig the fur, upon leaving the Bienale, where all the shows take place, it became clear that not everyone is a fan of wearing our animal kingdom friends: Outside a group had stuck dozens of fox statues into the ground, intermixed with signs that read "No Fur." We guess some things are the same in every country.
Photos: Zé Takahashi / Ag. Fotosite