There is no doubt that for the French ladies, when it comes to finding wearable clothes that are beautifully cut, Gustavo Lins is the go-to designer. As the city's best kept fashion secret, it was apt that his presentation where he showcased his Autumn/Winter designs was set discreetly in the heart of Paris.
Loved by women all over for his timelessness, the designer’s longevity and widespread appeal can also be compared with the durability of his wonderful fabrics. (A lady I met at the presentation confided that having worn and loved his designs for years, she got to the opportunity to work with Lins and has stayed with him for years.) Women still get excited about the clothes. And so the passion for good fabrics and wonderfully cut garments is kept alive as the atelier expands.
The fabrics used in this collection were sourced from traditional houses in Italy and France. Of the variety, there is cashmere, wool, clipped mink and silk canvas - just some of the wonderfully luxurious fabrics he employs for his vision.
‘I really pay attention to the quality of the fabrics, the quality of the garments; they must be very very solid', says Brazilian-born designer.
Like everything else in fashion, it's about getting the basics right. Lins works on each collection by draping his mannequins before designing and cutting the pattern on each garment. Master pieces in their own right, some are even reversible because of the cleanness of the seams.
As the models sashayed in his designs, there was no doubt in anybody's mind that Lins cut fabric in a way that perfectly proportions itself on the woman’s body, whereby the lines and seams were inspired by the human body's musculature.
Photos: Atelier Gustavo Lins