Designer Paola Robba of Poko Pano showcased her Spring/Summer 2012 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2012
Poko Pano’s debut of Spring/Summer 2012 was inspired by Brazil and its traditional colors, symbols, plant and wildlife. The 40-piece collection of swimwear and beach apparel is a timeless theme of the Amazon’s natural surroundings and includes bikinis, kaftans, mini dresses, shirts, skirts and pantaloon pants.
The color palette introduces yellow, brown, red, and green, turquoise, black and white. Reminiscent of the postcard of global tourism, the collection features exotic prints influenced by the Amazonian flora and fauna including bromeliad and giant water lily and tropical delicacies such as guarana, buriti, and pineapple.
Paola pays homage to the region’s nearly extinct animal life by incorporating the multicolored plume of feathers found on arara birds, the velvety coats of a jaguar and vibrant scales of river species. After the runway show, noted Miami Beach fashion photographer, Don Pedro, commented, “Paola’s designs are fresh and inspirational.”
The brand’s identity is instantly recognizable for their use of macramé texture, a traditional handicraft by Amazon natives. Highlights from the collection consist of unique elements such as handmade metals, and mixed textures along with the innovative Brazilian handiwork including embroidery and needlepoint blended with local raw material. Each suit is modern and minimalist and designed with exclusive, high-tech fabrics to provide durability and comfort. ~TARA, Ink., Miami Today
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