Cecilia Echenique stuck to her comfort zone, bearing out in an earthy-inspired collection for perhaps the hippie-dippy romantic.

“I always use the patchwork and crochet and netting,” Echenique said. “It’s for the woman who is looking for something original. Romantic but chic.”

There was a lot to take in as models walked at half speed down the runway, reflecting three different phases of thought for Echenique as she designed the collection.

The designer, who studied industrial design in São Paulo and later worked at the Centre Pompidou museum in Paris as a set designer, likes to infuse different cultural references into her work, alongside nature.

The first set of looks were against a palette of hunter green and pale pink that Echenique said was aimed at representing the forest. There was a twist silk dress, heavy lace dresses, ruffle detailing on tops and pants and voluminous blouses with oversize flower collars.

Midway through the designer’s presentation, she broke to a few selects from her Dragonfly Project. The multicolored, vibrant dresses in jersey made from recycled fabrics by women who suffered from domestic violence, were a big departure from everything else on the runway.

And then came the last series of looks, which Echenique said was a nod to Mother Earth with rust-colored and lime green tops and dresses of silk chiffon and more lace.

Handcrafted crochet floral adornments for the hair and barefoot models completed the looks.

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