Photograph by Markus Bohl for Vancouver Fashion Week (www.vanfashionweek.com)
Not long after Nikki Styx of Dark Knits Boutique wowed attendees with her constricted and fantastical corseted runway, my second must-see designer of the evening appeared in a cloud of virginal white. Part bridal, part fairy tale, the all white collection of Renata Buzzo immediately impressed.
Renata Buzzo is a vegan designer and such lives a cruelty-free lifestyle with all her fabrics and embellishments being free from animal content. No silks, wool, shells, leather or fur. Without the traditional luxury crutches, she shows her talent as a designer with this line of beautiful constructed dresses. Renata’s looks incorporate ‘moulage‘ draping which means ‘draped on the form’. Haute couture houses utilize this technique extensively and to find such dedication to traditional dressmaking in a young designer is refreshing. As the models glided down the runway the audience murmured their appreciation of the subtle sophistication of the gowns, the beading, embroidery and construction.
Showing all white for Spring/Summer 2015 was risky given the current and future forecasts for more colour, texture and patterns. Being from Brazil, Renata is keenly aware of the different cultures and seasons experienced by the persons who are to be her future clients and hopes to reflect these differences as her line gains more exposure and sales outside of her home country.
Renata Buzzo, Vegan Couture from Brazil
I spoke with Renata after her runway and she was elated with the response of the collection. Her immediate plans are to enjoy the positive energy and excitement that she felt from the audience, speak further with interested retailers and capture the moment with a photoshoot with Sao Paulo based Gustavo Chams (Ford, IMG and NEXT Model Agency’s).
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