- Title: ARGENTINA: Black bowties and big leather bags at Buenos Aires Fashion Week
- Date: 27th August 2009
- Summary: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (AUGUST 19, 2009) (REUTERS) GENERAL VIEW OF CATWALK WITH MODEL PRESENTING PRUNE HANDBAGS COLLECTION MODEL WITH BROWN BAG MODEL WITH LARGE GREEN, LEATHER BAG MODEL WITH WHITE PURSE AUDIENCE WATCHING VARIOUS OF MODEL WITH LARGE, WHITE LEATHER BAG MODEL WITH SNAKE SKIN BAG MODEL WITH LARGE BROWN LEATHER BAG MODEL WITH SNAKE SKIN BAG AUDIENCE WATCHING MODEL WITH SQUARE, HARD PURSE VARIOUS OF MODELS WITH BLACK LEATHER PURSE VARIOUS OF MODELS ON CATWALK FOR FINAL
- Embargoed: 11th September 2009 23:04
- Location: Argentina
- Country: Argentina
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA2B805X1YJ4GG9TOGP0KRRVDHA
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- Story Text: Some barely-there cocktail dresses and a smattering of black, bowties got a round of applause for Argentine designer Maria Cher on the second day of Buenos Aires Fashion Week on Thursday (August 19).
Like most of the styles this season, the collection had a heavy dose of prints -- of both the animal and flower variety.
Accessories dominated many of the looks however, with tight belts, metal necklaces and giant, drop earrings.
Maria Cher said that after becoming a mother she realized it was important to still feel like a woman, and her designs are to celebrate the beauty of the female body.
"I started to like the idea of showing the body a bit more, to show the legs more. It comes from a personal interest, I had children, I have children and I keep getting pregnant over and over and afterwards my body returned to normal. And I realized that is what was happening to me; it has in some way to do with what happened to me," said designer Maria Cher.
The complex and layered designs of Cora Groppo were all about playing with structure in clothes.
Each of Groppo's pieces have small stones, elastic belts or string embedded in the fabric to give it a stiffer appearance and make the fabric fall in an unnatural way.
This is what Groppo calls "bone structure", and it was an interesting effect played out on the series of muted-toned outfits.
Of note were the collection's exaggerated necklines, fine knits and loose cardigans.
"The idea was to kind of put it in a structure made out of bones, I mean, in the fabric. So that in that way, the fabric would behave in different ways. So using belts, stones, rope inside the fabric, the fabric started expressing itself in different ways when I put it on the mannequin," designer Cora Groppo said.
As for what to throw over your shoulder, there was the collection by top Argentine handbag maker Prune.
Leather bags and purses is their speciality and this year they didn't stray from the norm: the exotic animal and reptile prints are simply printed onto normal leather.
Earthy browns were mixed up with some asphalt blue, and a few shiny, black purses suitable for a cocktail party.
Buenos Aires Fashion Week runs until Friday and will present the work of 20 Argentine designers.
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