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Lucas Cruz Bueno + Cruz Bueno London


Cruz Bueno London Fashion Show © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

The venue? Number 20 Cavendish Square, aptly neoclassical in style. Sit tight: this aptness will be revealed shortly. Lights | Cameras | Action | Design. What can and should design be doing in the 21st century? Over to Vitra Design Museum Curator Amelie Klein: “Design recognises new possibilities in materials. Design has courageous visions.” Wherever there’s design (and preferably champagne) there’s Lavender’s Blue. And wherever there’s design and courageous visions there’s Cruz Bueno.

Charlie Fleming and Stuart Blakley @ Lavender's Blue

The vintage? Brazilian born previously Lisbon based designer behind the brand Lucas Cruz Bueno says, “My strongest bond of inspiration is with Ancient Greek culture and mythology – the breathtaking journey of art, music, poetry, sports and fashion. The Ancient Greek style has a special place in my heart – I simply can’t stay away from it. I’m not even Greek! This connection is just something divine.” Ah, the neoclassical relevance. In 2015, armed with an expanded team, he opened a London atelier.

Cruz Bueno Fashion Show Front Row © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Cruz Bueno Seasonless Collections © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Cruz Bueno London Runway © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Cruz Bueno Gold Label © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

The va-va-vroom? Movement! Lucas’s training as a ballet and contemporary dance is ever evident as the models sashay down the runway, unstill silhouettes unfolding. The fashion house’s Labels: Red (womenswear prêt-à-porter), White (menswear prêt-à-porter) and Gold (womenswear demi-couture) all explore new possibilities in materials. Seasonless yet in vogue. Timeless yet happening. A painterly nod to the trend for jovial colour – flashes of fuchsia – is tempered by the ethereal beauty of romantic flowing lines. The Greek key motif binds the collections together. Music is liquid architecture; architecture is frozen music; fashion is liquid music. At least it is when Cruz Bueno is in control.

Cruz Bueno Red Label © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

The verdict? A runway success.

Cruz Bueno White Label © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley