The weather in New York is getting brisker, but the folks at Osklen are planning for an "endless summer." At least that's what designer Oskar Metsavaht titled his latest collection for the Brazilian brand. "Think about the best kind of summer day, when you wake up before the sunrise and spend the whole day at the beach," said Metsavaht (a former surfer) backstage before the show. The clothes riffed on California surf culture and the Brazilian soul of Ipanema—which provides for just the right selection of clothes to pack for 24 sun-kissed hours. Model Ros Georgiou opened the show in a head-to-toe white look whose fabric mimicked the graphic pattern found on the sidewalks of Rio. One Brazilian market director made the connection instantly.
But with it being Osklen's NYFW premiere (the label has shown at São Paulo fashion week in the past), Metsavaht's goal wasn't just to capture the attention of his fellow Brazilians. "We are ready for a new audience," he said. "I am excited for Americans to see our style." Transparent organza tops printed with colorful beach landscapes were layered over silk pants, and a formfitting crop top was accented with rubber closures. There were skinny neoprene pants paired with striped tunics, and a linen jumpsuit with an open back. Those pieces would work nicely for a modern girl in America and beyond.