Gabriel Vielma is known for his keen eye for colour, texture and shape. This, when combined with his expert cutting skills, results in pieces which are truly beautiful and special, always striking the perfect balance between elegant and fun. The Gabriel Vielma woman is independent, vibrant and unafraid of the new – and his Autumn/Winter 2016 collection presentation was a true testament to her.For this collection, Gabriel Vielma sought his inspiration from the soothing waters of the sea – think vintage sailor imagery, navigation maps, aquatic flora and fauna, and the infamous Wes Anderson movie titled ‘The Life Aquatic.’
One of the most interesting things about this collection was the setup and the background, which was made to look like the interior of a submarine, with electric blue piping, periscopes and iPads highlighting the models’ eyes as they moved around.The collection features a pleasant mix of warm and cool shades, like saffron, khaki, deep blue and black, underpinned by ocean-inspired glittery socks worn with leather sandals. Suede was definitely the standout fabric for this collection and featured heavily on outwear pieces, in combination with sailor braids, as well as nautical knots on dresses and tops. Seabirds circling the ocean were the most prominent motifs, followed by the contours of navigation maps.
A memorable trip to the seaside, indeed!