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We had the pleasure of visiting the atelier of designer Gustavo Lins and viewed his latest creation, collection 013. Gaining inspiration from the kimono and the obi he finds himself consistently being attracted to it’s form, fluidity and it is the basis of his aesthetic for the season. This millenium’s kimono is tailored and lends it’s self to a masculine touch for a renewed look. Cut in furs, leathers, cool wools, silk crepes and cottons, the collection ranges in palettes of ox blood and madder reds, black iris, cloud grey, tea green and a soft powder pink. All accompanied with porcelain sculptured wedge heels and horse hair necklaces. Gustavo Lins’ background was initially studying architecture and he then moved onto satisfying his creativity through fashion. He then commenced work in the industry as a patternmaker for Louis Vuitton, Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier. His training is apparent not only in his clothing but in his artworks in other mediums, such as sculpture made from old pattern blocks and porcelain which are all displayed in his atelier.

Reporting by Indira Cesarine and Wil Ariyamethe for XXXX Magazine 2009