Felipe Oliveira Baptista
February 27, 2013 Paris
The best looks saw Baptista operating with a much lighter touch. He had developed a couple of very cool technical materials—iridescent nylon blends—that were deployed with great grace in spare, mid-calf skirts and dresses that seemed to shimmer down the runway. The effect was very arresting. Baptista also turned out several nice variations on men's suiting, such as a crisp black jumpsuit and a black wrap jacket bisected by a plain gray belt. In both those pieces, the designer struck a good balance with his shoulders: They were still strong but not distractingly aggressive. All in all, this collection wasn't quite as dazzling as Baptista's last, but its highlights, especially two glittering mid-calf dresses, were truly singular and breathtaking.