Our Top Picks for BA Fashion Week Posted on 12 Aug 08:38 , 0 comments

Article by Sophie Lloyd of Shop Hop.

It’s time to start shedding those winter layers people and making space in your wardrobe for your new Spring/Summer threads. To get a sneak preview of the trends and looks that will be hitting the shops around Buenos Aires in the next few weeks, don your most fashionable garb and head to the city’s official Fashion Week a.k.a. BAF Week at La Rural that starts today and runs until Friday.

The week is always built around a theme and this year it’s escenarios. To mark the occasion, a group of the city’s most fashion forward designers, namely Cecilia Gadea, Cora Groppo, Nous, Bandoleiro, Garza Lobos, Vicki Otero and Marcelo Giacobbe, were invited to create looks inspired by Argentina’s diverse landscapes, from its turquoise coastline and verdant jungle to the stark desert and salt flats, and colorful mountainous regions.

As is always the case with BAF Week, it’s a hectic schedule with multiple catwalk shows a day and long queues snaking around the auditorium to get in so plan your week’s visits ahead of time and avoid being fashionably late. And since they’ve jacked up the entrance fee to 60 AR$, which gets you into one catwalk show and entry to the showrooms, you might want to be selective about which shows you attend (tip: check the designers’ Facebook pages as they’ll be giving away some free tickets to their shows and will tell you where to get them).

Here are my top picks for the week:

Nous

Tuesday Aug 12, 8pm

nous Buenos Aires Fashion Week Show Schedule

Edgy label Nous calls itself the ‘animal friendly brand,’ avoiding the use of any animal products in its collections. It’s headed by fresh-­faced designer Romina Cardill, who previously worked with longstanding Argy designer Maria Vazquez. Her designs have a sports luxe vibe and the new Spring/Summer collection entitled Atomos favors simple cuts and silhouettes in a predominantly black and white palette with solid blocks of citrus, pastel and electric blue. There’s also a cool jungle print dress thrown in that’s at the top of my wish list this season. 

Lena Martorello­

Wednesday Aug 13, 8pm

Newly­formed design duo Martinica Lena y Joan Martorello are pioneers of the ‘anti­fashion’ movement, striving for beauty in imperfection. Their label Lena Martorello merges an avant­garde aesthetic with artisan techniques. This will be their second collection, featuring pieces with a rustic, timeless appeal, crafted from natural fabrics in earthy tones with a nod to Japanese embroidery.

Semillero UBA ­

Friday Aug 15, 4pm

This show is always one of the highlights of the week, providing a platform for the winners of the bi­annual Semillero UBA contest (a design competition open to the final year fashion students at UBA) to showcase their debut collections. This season, the award goes to Lucía Chain’s sophisticated “Nebulae” collection and Cecilia Callegaro’s more playful “Disivle” line.

Cecilia Gadea ­

Friday Aug 15, 6pm

Cecilia Gadea, an Argentine designer celebrated for her delicate feminine threads and laser cut detail takes the mythical women of the sea as inspiration this year. You’ll be able to channel your inner mermaid with her spring/summer collection that features textures and details reminiscent of waves, fishtails and scales in an oceanic palette of blues, turquoise and green.

And don’t leave without perusing the showroom stands, where you can do a spot of pre-season shopping and get to know some new names and collections. Look out for Jessica Kessel and her colorful statement-­making leather shoes which have been making serious waves on the BA fashion scene and are a personal favorite of mine.

And the glamour doesn’t end there this season, here are some other fashion dates for the diary, where you can catch the shows of the other movers and shakers on the BA fashion scene: