Santa Braguita

Santa Braguita Barcelona is a project born in 2007, Marie begins with the creation of a collection of very bold, colorful and daring underwear. The work is carried forward, hard and is taking shape. The public response is fast; in general, more and more people who believe in original and quality garments. The family is growing and reaching new “Santeros” members and essential parts to aggrandize what time has been consolidating.

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Passionate about dance, Marie creates a workspace of dancers to  spare time, participate in making her panties and thus be a bridge from art and toward art.

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So as Santa Braguita is growing and flourishing garments: with love and breaking all canons existing in traditional companies. local work is encouraged, remake production chains, always wanting, always with understanding, listening, mutual respect, fostering the spirit of sharing, treat yourself and enjoy everything, group, family and dancing. They leave their  daily chores and offer some of their small world of colors.

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Hopic printz

Hopic printz is an accesorie brand which was born in college out of boredom. The brand focused on developing its sketches and handmade samples for each bag. They work with manufacturers in New York City to meet our company objectives.

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The Goal of Hopic Printz is to manufacture handbags that fit our everyday women lifestyles. Hopic printz bags have unique, modern and comfortable designs to carry for any occasion. Their bags are well made to suit diverse women. Quality is an important aspect of manufacturing because they  want that each bag to last a long time .

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Their bags are not seasanol, they make bags for any time of the year. Their modern handbag styles are from the African and Western culture with a 100% creative designs

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WATER & POWER // Exclusive Editorial

 

By Stacy Ellen
Photography Vince Tabora
Hair & Makeup by Krisi Vaughn
Model Anneka Tabone

Showing his collection for the first time in the United States is designer Juan Pablo Martinez at the Moda 360 international show in Los Angeles, California. His collection catches my eye right away with its classic lines, impeccable tailoring and edgy detailing of metal studs and zippers.

Juan Pablo Martinez appears to be a British gent as he introduces himself to me, as I mention this observation, he says, “My grandfather was from the UK.” He is dressed in an impeccably tailored suit, wearing sophisticated wire rim spectacles.

The AUTUMN WINTER 2016-17 COLLECTION is fittingly named MILITARY VS. HEAVY METAL which works perfectly with the location for this editorial shoot. “Water and Power” was shot on location at the pool that wraps around the LADWP building in downtown Los Angeles as well as the metal sculptured structure of the Disney Concert Hall. Martinez describes his love of the music genre of Heavy Metal as part of his inspiration for this collection. Interpretation of the words “heavy metal” can mean many things as displayed even in this article.

As I take a closer look at his womenswear collection, Martinez’s hang tags, display the dedication he has as a designer to not only use materials that are Eco friendly but also his collection is produced mainly from local artisans in his native land of Columbia.

For instance, the “TANK DRESS” was hand knitted by Yessenia Rodriguez, from end of the roll cotton fabric. Another example of this consciousness to the environment is Martinez’s use of “zero waste” 100% local wool fabric and satin short huipil sourced from the last rolls of Columbian factories before they closed due to unfair competition from Chinese suppliers.

This is a testament that not only the United States has participated in non-fair trade deals, which ultimately effects not only the country as a whole but the people that strive to making a living as well.

The “DOUBLE BREASTED VEST” was hand knitted by Erika Marin, a young artist from Zipaquira, Columbia. Showing again the strength and integrity it takes to be a conscious design that employees people which deserve to make a fair living. Yet again another example of this consciousness to Eco friendly design is in the “MILITARY INSPIRED WHITE SHIRT” made from recycled cotton + pet in Envigado, Columbia with Tagua buttons, sown individually with cotton thread by local homeworkers.

As stated in Martinez’s bio on his Not Just A Label profile, “It seems like a lot of ideas for a small collection, but it´s just the drive and the need to push forward that I have as a fashion designer.”

With all this said, the collection encompasses must have staple pieces with a modern edge to anyones wardrobe and it doesn’t hurt that the pieces are so lovingly made as well.

For more information on Juan Pablo Martinez, please visit the prestigious website showcasing independent designers Not Just A Label 

 

 

ModaLisboa Kiss // Day Three

Kolovrat

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On the third day of ModaLisboa, Kolovrat fashion show was held at the gymnasium of the Portuguese Marine, which was a suited place for Kolovrat’s collection called “Your favourite team is playing” and where the mandatory requirement to the guests attending the show was to wear sneakers. The fashion show started with six basketball players wearing one-tone overalls from the AW 16/17 collection, where they, on the basketball field, show the fluidity and comfort of the pieces. After the referee called the quits, the fashion show itself started:  the pieces were mostly wool/cashemere and silk, in black and with notes of blues, yellows and natural tones.

“Your favourite team is playing” was a collection based in polarities: day and night, black and color, stillness and movement. Nature was one of the inspirations for the lines, details and silhouette of the collection, based primarily in organic lines and movement.

Apart from the colors and silhouette of the collection, crafted and intricate textures were mixed with wool and burel (highly hand crafted traditional wool which in this case is made by Ecolã) and were also used craft techniques like macramé, in t-shirts or skirt’s hems, a surprising detail that helps showcase the movement of the garment.

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AWAYTOMARS

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The last brand presenting their collection on the LAB platform for AW16/17 of ModaLisboa was AWAYTOMARS. The brand presented “AWAYTOMARS 446”, a collection that was the result of the brand’s identity: a collaboration between multiple creative people around the globe that contribute to create a single and cohesive collection.

The starting point for the collection was raw elements such as stone and metal; these elements were interpreted for the AWAYTOMARS community trough their online collaborative moodboard. That online interaction resulted in a collection where the color palette present in “AWAYTOMARS 446” was black, grey, white, copper and dry green, applied in a way that highlight and enhance the complexity that exists behind the simplest shapes, revealing the construction of the garments. Some signature details were the mix between drop shoulder and raglan sleeve, the geometrical lines in the pieces, placed in diagonal lines or cutouts, asymmetrical shapes and the transparency accomplished through the impermeable fabric. The music was composed by Marcelo Gerab and Gabriel Finotti.

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SayMyName

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“Electriccable” was the collection presented by SayMyName. The inspiration came from the effect that the lightning does in the sky on stormy days, as well as the huge amount of electric cables that dice the sky. Those references influence the prints and textures of the collection, as well as the asymmetrical lines of some of the pieces. Details as the godet was one of the ideas of the summer 2016 collection that were revisited and applied in the AW 16/17 collection.

Some pieces, such as the tubular dress, shirt dresses and paper-bag trousers, among others, where made using materials like felted neoprene, fantasy felt, padded, print anthracite jersey, poplin, textured mousseline and American fleece lined with silver. The color palette contemplated black, anthracite gray, white, red, blue sky and silver.

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Nadir Tati

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The theme for Nadir Tati’s collection was “A voz de Angola” (Angola’s voice). The designer’s AW 16/17 collection was delicate and refined, while still having Angolan roots that can be seen in her selection of fabrics and colors.

For women, a collection of evening gowns with drapes, embroideries, transparency, lace and African fabrics in red, gold and blue; for men, a more casual look in white with trims of African fabrics.

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Piotr Drzal

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Piotr Drzal presented “Nocturne”, a collection that took inspiration from the emotional connotations of the night in nature – a “precious habitat of emotions, feelings and unknown”.

Piotr Drzal presented a Men’s collection composed primarily by dark hues such as black, eggplant, grey, metallic and white, a direct reflection of his inspiration. The designer also presented interesting details throughout the collection such as the use of vertical zippers on the pockets of the shirt’s front, lateral seam and jacket’s arms, as well as an accent detail in jackets’ collars and cuffs, and the unexpected use of sequins in various garments.

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Filipe Faísca

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Filipe Faísca celebrated the ageless woman in his AW 16/17 collection “New Age”. The designer celebrated the fearless woman, the determined woman, the woman that becomes whatever or whomever she chooses to.

The collection was built with materials such as cotton, wool, mouton race, neoprene, silk, viscose and lace, with the presence of patterns accomplished with naprons and hand made patterns done through the manipulation of fabrics. The predominant colors were black, white, lime and sand and the designer had the support of Luvaria Ulisses for the gloves, André Ópticas for the glasses, Wolford for the lingerie and collants, and Christian Louboutin for the shoes.

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Dino Alves

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Dino Alves presented “New Kings”, a collection that it’s starting point was the world of upper class that live with wealth, luxury and ostentation and the irony that comes from doing a collection with those references in a reality of economic crisis. The designer visited the references of this world in order to create a new social class, “ruled by the richness in character, nobility in attitudes and actions, solidarity with the most disadvantaged: the value and integrity as human beings will make them the New Kings.”

The silhouette from “New Kings” primarily has a flared line with volume in some parts of the garments in materials such as wool, tweeds, cotton with polyester, neoprene, velvet, denim, cotton poplin, vinyl fabrics and viscose.  Some details of the collection are seams cut with forms of baroque decorative elements taken from palace interiors, furniture and other decorative pieces, overlapping panels with matching shapes to create embossing images, decorative details in macro manual stitches made with tissues and holes and embroidered motifs using the same technique, frills, ruffles, lavish laces and lacy collars.

The colors used throughout the collection were black, white, various shades of grey, green, rose quartz, blue, bordeaux, burgundy, orange, light blue, yellow, gold, camel, printed floral baroque indigo and brocades.

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Luis Carvalho

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“Cold as ice” was the theme for Luis Carvalho AW 16/17 collection, where the inspiration comes from the coldest Nordic landscapes.

The tranquility, purity and silence from the Nordic landscapes influenced the designer to choose lighter and more fluid shapes and colors such as white, pale pink and grey; at the same time, the ice crystals present in these landscapes, suggested straight lines and volume used on the silhouette, details and prints, as well as the colors black and eggplant. The materials used by Luis Carvalho were cotton, wool, satin, twills and leather/fur. The shoes were a collaboration with EUREKA and the sunglasses with FORAsunglasses.

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ModaLisboa Kiss // Day Two

Olga Noronha

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On the second day of ModaLisboa, Olga Noronha presented her “β CREATURES” collection on the LAB platform. Olga Noronha had as principal inspiration the beauty and dichotomy – delicacy/violence – that are known to the male Betta fish. The designer used materials such as porcelain, fish skin from cod, salmon and sea bass, corals, gemstones, crystals, natural pearls, gold leaf and stamped polyester to create wearable sculptures that reflect the creatures from which she takes inspiration as well as the environment where those creatures live in. The shoes were a result from the collaboration between the designer and Biblical Lust.

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Ricardo Andrez

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Ricardo Andrez presented “Stereo”, a collection based on color and how color is attached to life and its’ intensity, emotion and dimension. Ricardo Andrez explored color transitions between the chromatic borders, translated to the collection with a predominant neutral color palette – white, grey and black – with the addition of vivid colors such as pink, orange, green, purple and blue, applied in solid blocks or in wave-like prints. Some of the details in the collection were the extra-long sleeves, the fur applications, the sleeves’ cutouts, the zipper application on cuffs, pants and jackets and, of course, the prints and color palette. Other details from the collection were the shoes – the result from a collaboration between Ricardo Andrez and Melo – and the sunglasses from Vava.

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Rose Palhares

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On the second day of ModaLisboa, Rose Palhares had her début on the LAB platform. The designer presented “Kiss from Rose”, a collection aligned with the theme for the 25th anniversary of ModaLisboa. “Kiss from Rose” was a collection that had a seductive, self-assured and passionate-about-life woman in mind, that dictate the use of laces and transparencies in the collection, as well as red, gold, blue, pink and champagne in form fitting silhouettes that complement the women’s body.

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Christophe Sauvat

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For AW 16/17 Christophe Sauvat presented a collection that reinforces the brand’s motto “One world, no boundaries”, travelling to the Nordic countries for inspiration. Staying true to the brand’s identity, Christophe Sauvat presented an eclectic collection yet appropriate to the urban and modern woman living in the city. The color palette present in the collection ranged from snow white, autumn browns and greens – a direct reflection of the Nordic landscapes – to black, that convey more versatility and elegance to the collection. The materials chosen vary from alpaca wool, leather and merino wool – for the warmer pieces – to cotton, faux astrakhan and silk – for the lighter pieces – embellished with embroideries and geometric patterns with pearls. The collection was completed with ethnic backpacks, embroidered clutches and practical cotton bags.

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Pedro Pedro

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Pedro Pedro presented “L’etrangère”, a youthful and relaxed collection with distinctive and voluminous silhouettes, layers of asymmetrical pieces and utilitarian and military influence on the coats. The overall feeling of the collection was unpretentious, referring us to a rural setting where exaggerated lengths were presented on sleeves and pants.

The designer presented a mix of materials, from wools, felts, cottons, linens, wool jerseys, quilted impermeable and check, in sober colors such as grey, beige, camel, black, khaki and shades of olive and neon green.

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Alexandra Moura

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“Woman” was the collection that Alexandra Moura presented on the last edition of ModaLisboa. The starting point of the collection was the work – sketches, scrapbooks and collages – of the artist Anohni, as well as the dramatic and theatrical charge present in her work.

“Woman” resulted in deconstructed classic silhouettes, with details brought from ancient times and from undergarments of both genders, that used as vehicle luxurious jacquard fabrics in voluminous coats and blankets, embellished with ruffles, ribbons and bows.

The color palette in the collection contemplated black, white, wine, blue, camel and sand tones.

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Carlos Gil

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Carlos Gil’s AW 16/17 collection was “Eclectic”. As the name refers, the collection mixed patterns, colors, textures and styles to provide a new look at elegance.

In general, thee looks  were composed by unusual layer combinations that, at the same time, have vintage reminiscences, clean cuts and sporty details, creating a bold and elegant sportswear chic look.

Carlos Gil played with different fabrics and textures, as glitters, lace, fur and patterns, in blazers, coats, blouses, sweaters and pleated wrap skirts to achieve the eclectic aesthetic proposed for this season collection.

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Morecco

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Morecco Lisboa presented for AW 16/17 its’ first full collection of garments.

The collection presented took as inspiration voyages through Turkey, Morocco and Korean cinema as well as the glamour of the nightclubs of New York and Paris in the 70s. The result was a celebration of color, textures and materials, where the color palette ranged from black, grey, white, orange and pale yellow and green in materials such as silk, fur and reused antique Chinese and Japanese fabric panels with fringe trims.

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Miguel Vieira

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Miguel Vieira presented “Color”, a collection where color takes center stage and where the designer was influence for the meanings and emotions attached with every color he selected : the mystery, power and elegance of caviar black; the calm, loyalty, wisdom and confidence of the dark navy blue; olympian blue, blend of cobalt and sapphire hues; the innocence, purity and perfection of marshmallow white; the optimism, joy and energy of mustard yellow.

The materials used by Miguel Vieira were neoprene, custom fabrics, quilted fabrics, cloth, silk crepe and fur, that were applied, for women, in structured and informal lines or voluminous lines that do not hide femininity with long and extra long heights; For men, structured suits and impeccably cut trousers.

The collection was completed with braided skin handbags, scarves and bracelets.

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