FASHION SPOTLIGHT: CATALINA PICASSO
NEW DIMENSIONS ADDED TO THE LIMEAN FASHION SCENE
Lima based fashion designer Mariella Catalina has managed to accomplish something that is quite rare in Peruvian fashion, which is to create something that carries itself with both coolnes and originality at the same time. In a very particular world where relevance is meassured by the cool factor, and where the blatant copying of already relevant ideas serves as creative status quo, Catalina Picasso, the name of the newly born brand, is perhaps a gentle stroke of freshness.
The collection itself manages to keep a cool face, while taking on a great deal of influences and elements to juggle. The result is a fun, progressive, slightly tacky aesthetic that has both humor and a little bit of drama.
Sure, it has a very opportune cool-weird, rebellious vibe that has become almost expected from contemporary young fashion, but it also has something that most recent collections don't, which is actually interesting pieces, an acute sense of self, and a heart, With very clear ideas such as the versatility of the pieces, the ignoring of traditional gender roles and a very freeing aproach to image and sexuality, all imperative subjects that very few people in fashion attempt to tackle in order to fit in with the more traditional costumer and media.
It works with its influences, but also with a clear voice, which makes it a more authentic artistic effort, with its big personality and message.
Elements like deconstruction can be seen, and among motifs like these, pieces like a beautiful purple trench coat and a long, turtleneck dress with cutouts prevailed, giving the overall result an air of satisfying victory. Of course, this is only the start for the designer, and we are anxious to see what's next.