September 25, 2012 Paris
And the story she told was a long one, in floor sweepers whose classical inflection—as in oracle of Delphi—was enhanced by pleating or metallic beading or a coppery laminate, which Branquinho confessed to being a little nervous about. It's so easy for that effect to nudge on cheap, especially when it clings. But here, her gowns had a shimmering fluidity.
The he/she dialogue that was always Branquinho's design signature was evident in the collection's jacket, a variant of a jean style given a sophisticated twist with some pleated volume. The designer punctuated the dress parade with those slouchy pants her fans once loved her for. Some of them were ultra-wide and buttoned down the side, so they scarcely interrupted the floor-sweeping flow that was ultimately the real point of the collection.