January 30, 2006 Paris
There was some ingenuity to the projectfor example, in the way pinstriped trousers transmogrified into a skirt, or a tuxedo shirt dyed blue was extended into a shirtdress. They were the most obvious ripostes to any notion of unisex (an idea that appeals to Branquinho not a jot). That said, the designer was also happy on occasion to let the variables of gender-sizing communicate the ideal of the masculine and the femininewitness the three-piece suit in white corduroy, or a white peajacket over a black rollneck.
This last ensemble looked like the sort of pleasingly narcissistic outfit Lou Reed and Nico might have shared at Warhol's Factory in the mid-sixties, a time and place Branquinho continues to be irresistibly drawn to.