March 12, 2001 Paris
Branquinho's subtle touch made contrasting turtleneck-and-tunic combinations seem positively dreamy; perfectly proportioned tuxedos dazzled with brightly colored lapels and linings. Even the all-black segment of the showdistressed jackets, patchwork velvet dresses and knit jumperswas serene and uplifting rather than angst-ridden. But the designer really hit her stride when she breathed new life into the most conventional wardrobe staples. With an unerring sense of color, Branquinho paired a camel pea coat with a coppery-brown turtleneck and a perfect pair of navy pants; casual overcoats came with tunnel belts that created a slight gather in the back; the tiniest drizzle of glitter on a V-neck sweater or on the cuff of a simple top spoke volumes.
Rather than scampering for attention-grabbing gimmicks every season, Branquinho is quietly and consistently turning out impeccable and sensible clothes, positioning herself as one of the most self-assured designers of her generation.