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Jean-Pierre Braganza

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London: Canadian-born, London-based Jean-Pierre Braganza has been steadily gaining recognition over the six years he has shown at London Fashion Week. Known for his edgy designs, it’s no surprise that Braganza cited heavy metal and ravens as inspirations behind his current collection, but the designer was also influenced by delicate faeries, adding a new mix of hard and soft to his work. Prints combined seemingly unrelated elements such as birds’ wings and motorcycle chrome, roses and smoke. Despite the heavy imagery, the designer used a soft palette of pale blue, white, light pink, khaki and white, giving the looks a sense of lightheartedness. Silk jersey tops, soft shorts and tapered pants were appealing basics, and a turquoise leather jacket with wide kimono sleeves and a dropped-waist drawstring belt was a standout. Pieced leggings with cutouts referenced his darker side, while draped dresses looked feminine and flattering. Braganza also introduced a limited edition bicycle for the newly launched public transport initiative, Barclays Cycle Hire, at his show – a testament to his growing importance in the London fashion scene.


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