Barbara Casasola S/S 2017
Mood board: Over the past few years, London-based Brazilian designer Barbara Casasola has refined a cozy niche for high impact, low fuss dressing with her relaxed, man-style tailoring and languid knit dresses – in short one stop chic. This spring Casasola has expanded her effortless offering to include similarly efficient short suits (her long-line blazers smartly mirroring the hem of her high-waisted shorts) and voluminous tunic or cami tops layered over matching trousers, which neutral colour palette aside, felt like a welcome palette cleanse from all the mixed-matched styling that’s currently emblazing fashion headlines.
Best in show: A crinkle-cut, off-the-shoulder khaki dress that was secured across the bust with a single tie and endowed with a primal sensuality. (It looked as though it would take little more than a tug to reveal all.) Its collarbone enhancing neckline mirrored the knit dress that the Duchess of Cambridge sported over the summer for The Art Fund Prize for Museums and Galleries, which put Casasola in the tabloid headlines for its somewhat risqué second-skin silhouette.
Finishing touches: Matching gold bangles pushed up the arms reinforced the season’s tribal trajectory (Casasola’s staring point was Amazonian body paint), while footwear took the form of soft leather ballet courts that offered a slightly clinical Nurse Betty edge, ensuring that the collection was grounded in the urban jungle.