The Next Big Thing: Candela, Spring ’14
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Label: Candela, by Gabriela Perezutti
Need to Know: Uruguayan designer Gabriela Perezutti—known for her lacy feminine pieces that draw reference to her horse-and-gaucho-filled childhood on the estancia—looked to the sea this season. Silver-jewel-embellished sheer silk gowns opened the presentation, giving way to cotton eyehole dresses with Peter Pan collars. Full-lace color-blocked rose petal, white, and black “nautical stripe” cocktail dresses and sea-green trousers were held together with a thick rope that looked as though it was plucked right off a sail. The idea is that the Candela woman starts out at a party, done up and turned up, then enters the ocean, leaving her cares behind and taking on a more rustic look the further she gets from land. It’s a mystical, near ethereal vision, one that feels very at home in Perezutti’s romantic, Latin American-cum-West Village world. Metallic gold pointed flats and reasonably heeled stilettos fit with rainbow tassels added a party-ready touch to the maritime looks.
She Said: “My husband is a sailor and I’m more of a land person, so it’s all like new territory for me. When I started to see him sailing, I realized what I really love is the freedom. When you’re on the water, your problems are away in the land.”
Where to Find It: Saks Fifth Avenue, Satine, and Shopbop, among others.