Filhas de Gaia Spring/Summer 2014

Renata Salles and Marcela Calmon, the designers behind Brazilian label Filhas Da Gaia, claimed that their Spring/Summer 2014 womenswear collection (which they unveiled during Fashion Rio in April 2013) was influenced by the traditional and glamorous polo fields of Andalucía. To achieve this, their runway show was structured around four sections: column dresses with equestrian motifs, minimalist looks in black and white, two-toned pieces, and dresses with large fabric flowers.

Owing to their flowing qualities that flatter the female silhouette, silk and satin were the preferred fabrics and came in a predominant palette of black and white that was highlighted by greens, red, fuchsia and blue. However, and despite the conceptual inspiration based on luxury, the designs were highly accomplished in garments that revealed a very proficient command of sartorial techniques in tropes such as large ruffles, layered fabrics and playful asymmetric sleeve lines. In particular, sinuous silk dresses with equestrian prints and fitted black and white dresses that combined evening wear with sportswear (namely by fusing a conventional white column shape with a black raglan sleeve) confirmed why Filhas de Gaia have remained a consistently successful label over the years.