One to Watch : Barbara Casasola

London Fashion week has now passed, and this especially hectic haven boats a rich heritage of sartorial street style, and provocative runway collections. This is a city perhaps like no other, where anything goes – fashionably speaking. The seemingly unspoken London rule is that if a designer can create a collection that resonates and inspires in a market that is ever evolving like the people, than they most certainly deserve international acclaim. Emerging talent Barabara Casasola recently launched her namesake label, and has just shown her collection for the very first time in London, but news spreads like wildfire and here we are sharing in her prodigious praise. This Central Saint Martins trained designer has burst onto the International fashion circuit like an electrifying supernova, delivering a collection that did not disappoint.
Her aesthetic is simple sophistication with nods to her Brazilian roots, which can be seen in her vibrant palettes. “It’s a play on this girl at home getting ready to host, so she’s wearing midi-lengths and the colours are from the jewelry box,” said Casasola backstage before her collection took to the catwalk. Her designs show delicate and semi-transparent pleats; feminine silhouettes enriched with midi length skirts, and delicate organza’s’ swimming in invigorating and peeled back hues. All eyes were on her ethereal and controlled designs, which were presented in front of a full house of collection connoisseurs. Her inspiration and direction was found in the late Brazilian Sculptor Lygia Clark, who is remembered for her works in both the Constructivist and Tropicalia Movements. This could be seen in her use of geometric, and fluid shapes that trickled throughout her collection. Barbara’s attention to detail and ornate intricacy has ultimately set the tone for our spring/summers forecast. This emerging designer is surely one to watch.


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Backstage Images by Harry Carr, CL



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Story by Sarah Harris, KA MAGAZINE