On the last day of Fide Fashion Week, (an exhausting – but worth it – sequence of days full of glamour and excitement) I caught two beautiful shows: Atelier Gustavolins and Alexis Mabille. Both of these designers are renowned for their unique perceptions of couture and it was a pleasure to see both the shows.
With a simple but effective color palette, Gustavo Lins displayed a modern point of couture in this show. Christmas-time colors, bold red and forest greens, along with deep hues of aqua, made an appearance in the collection. Grecian one-shoulder dresses and wonderfully-cut leather maxis were incorporated into the looks. The silhouettes were free, flowing, and somewhat casual. Many concepts in the show were pieces that are not generally associated with the idea of couture; for example, black skinny jeans, paired with a peek-a-boo top, were spotted. At times, I felt that there was lack of concept – the large variety of pieces and ensembles showed this. This did not entirely take away from the collection's beauty. Plus points of the looks include the skillfully-applied makeup and shades of indigo, which I adored. An interesting part of the show was the incorporation of menswear, which was executed in a smooth fashion. Male models graced the runway, displaying a series of menswear looks in between the many beautiful dresses that the other models donned.
There was a quiet, subtle luxury in the foundation of Gustavo's designs. Many fabrics were taken into consideration – silk, fur, leather, and wool were all incorporated in the show. Like Maurizio Galante, designer Gustavo Lins studied to be an architect. His knowledge of architecture is shown in the careful layering of leather gloves and the soft folds of Grecian gowns.
These beautiful shades of blue were my favorite part of the collection, as it was incorporated in a variety of ways. Although the large, geometric necklace could be seen as slightly out-of-place, I enjoyed seeing the unique accessory on the runway. Models with sleek, pulled-back hair, looked stunning in this striking hue. The collection was quite enjoyable to see, but lacked the sheer beauty of Maurizio Galante and Alexis Mabille (below!). While the collection had very few flaws, it seemed to be more of a ready-to-wear show than a couture collection.