The Brazilian outpost of Paris-based creative group Surface to Air just launched an impressive collection in their store from the post-graduate class of São Pauloâ€™s FAAP, a renowned fashion design school in the city. Under the tutelage of their professor Jum Nakao, a respected Brazilian designer, eight students conceived and designed a collection that taught them not only about the details behind design itself but the entire process, from inception to final product in a store.
The resulting 30-piece line for women is limited and individually numbered. Each item began with a definitive structure, and students were encouraged to then fill in the spaces as they wanted. Pieces seem to literally burst from their constraints, and there are dresses that embody a marionette feel with adjustable straps. The budding designers were also pushed to think about textures in their design and to analyze how the inside and outside of their pieces â€œcommunicate,â€ as Nakao put it. So youâ€™ll find tops with wide straps piercing going from one side to its reverse.
The designs are ephemeral and fluid, and with colors limited to only black, white and gray (with a hint of red threading as a â€œscar,â€ Nakao explained), they take on a simplicity that nevertheless defies convention. For more images go here.
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