{iStyle} Edgy SPFW Fashion and the Mind of Brazil’s Samuel Cirnansck

Samuel Cirnansck

Samuel Cirnansck is not the easiest name to spell or pronounce, but if you have not yet heard of him, you soon will.

He is one of the many Brazilian designers who are making a name for themselves as the country claims a much more prominent place in the high fashion world.

Design by Samuel Cirnansck

Samuel’s style uses prints, embroidery and moulage (a technique where the designer moulds the fabric directly onto the model or dressmaker dummy, making the process much more three-dimensional) to create amazing textures and movement.

This works really well in dramatic gowns and wedding dresses which are his speciality.

He is the Red Carpet and Bridal designer of choice for many Brazilian celebrities such as Juliana Paes, Xuxa, Deborah Secco, Giovanna Ewbank and Maria Luiza Mendonça.

Design by Samuel Cirnansck

He used to design costumes for theatre plays and operas, and this clearly inspired some of his more dramatic collections, and his wish for his creations to “tell a story”.

Cirnansck is a veteran of São Paulo Fashion Week having shown 12 collections there.

His latest collection, unveiled in last month’s edition of SPFW, however, certainly pushed some serious boundaries and caused a lot of controversy.

Designs by Samuel Cirnansck

In the past Cirnansck had already experimented with props, latex and leather (like in the outfits above), but the June edition of SPFW saw him controversially bring out a mix of beautifully executed bold prints, exquisitely layered fairy-tale bridal gowns, and… a lot of bondage gear, from bridle gags to hands tied behind model’s backs with silk ribbons.

The interesting thing is that, far from giving the impression of helplessness, the defiant and confident poses stricken by the models during the show made the theme more about the feminine power of seduction than dominance over women.

Design by Samuel Cirnansck

Design by Samuel Cirnansck

Design by Samuel Cirnansck

Design by Samuel Cirnansck

What I find irresistible about his designs is that they absolutely burst with personality – he says his clothes are expressions of our senses, wishes and desires – and yet they are also very sympathetic to the female form, and most of them are very wearable, which is a balance not often found in high fashion.

Although he is not immune to the occasional leap into artistic indulgence – the 3 outfits below are a case in point – he is predominantly a master in making the female form look stunning, and that has to be a good thing.

Designs by Samuel Cirnansck

For anybody questioning the fashion talent bursting out of Brazil, designers like Cirnansck, Issa’s Daniella Helayel, and Ronaldo Fraga prove that Brazilian fashion has the potential to take over the world.

Design by Samuel Cirnansck

Design by Samuel Cirnansck

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Alice Bonasio is a Brazilian/American/Italian writer specializing in Digital Cultures, fashion, and all things Brazilian. She has been published in Gamestm, Edge, The Escapist and 360. She is currently finishing an MA in Creative and Media Enterprises at the University of Warwick. She lives in England and is a PR Executive for one of the UK’s hottest tech start-ups, The Filter. Visit her website, contact her on LinkedIN and follow her on Twitter.

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Comments

  1. Love these designs.
    So excited to show Ashanti Brazil dresses at SPFW.