SAO PAULO--Samuel Cirnansck has earned a reputation for his theatrical, over the top runway shows. Last season the designer sent his models down the runway tied up and gagged, so I was pretty excited to see what he had cooked up this time. And while it wasn't nearly as risque as last season, it was still a visual treat.
Cirnansck dusted the runway with fake snow, and set up a huge wrought-iron gate at the front of the runway. The effect was something like a snowy fairy-tale, starring an icy swan princess, and it was a refreshing change of pace from Sao Paulo's somewhat bare-boned runway shows. Also refreshing: Cirnansck used a handful of black models--more than any other designer we've seen yet. Kudos.
Besides his theatrical shows, Cirnansck is also known for his bridalwear. And we can see why: The first nine looks, intricately worked through with tufts of organza, tulle, gazar, and what looked almost like faux fur (or perhaps feathers), would be ideal for any winter bride. There was also a slew of black gowns, just as beautifully intricate, which could mean that the black wedding gown trend has hit Brazil--or it could be a nod to film Black Swan. Whether it was because of the movie or not, swans almost certainly served as inspiration: The model's feathered eyelashes, elegantly cinched waists, and voluminous plumage conveyed the animal's grace and beauty perfectly.
Photos: Zé Takahashi / Ag. Fotosite