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with contributions from Roxanne Robinson
 on June 15, 2016

“This collection was inspired by an imaginary island,” said Oskar Metsavaht during a walk-through at the Osklen showroom. “It’s a balance between relaxed and sophisticated and regional. We’re getting more mature.” The Brazilian brand is known for using natural, sustainable fabrics whenever possible, and this season it featured a series of raw, organic silk blouses and skirts treated with natural dyes. Swimwear included a few gingham-printed styles with thick straps and the standout: a bikini, crafted from a striped, ribbed knit that could also be worn as a crop top with a matching skirt. Abstract paisley and botanical prints decorated silk and linen wrap skirts and pants, as well as a cute, cropped button-down blouse with a tie-waist closure.

 

Metsavaht also showed a revamped line of sustainable handbags made from the discarded skins of the pirarucu, a giant Amazonian fish that is raised to eat; it also was used for shoes, ranging from sneakers to sandals. This season, Osklen has refocused its accessories by scaling back the hardware and refining the shapes: new for resort is a hard case “mini” style — a combination of pirarucu and salmon skin offered in a rainbow of colors.

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