Not many people are aware of the fact that the stylist Rapha Mendonça, a favorite among top models and influencers, is also a fashion designer. He got his degree in Rio de Janeiro, and since then has become an influential fashion consultant. But now, he returns to the crafty world of a fashion designer and launches a collection-tribute to his muses and clients entitled Maison Alexandrine By Rapha Mendonça.
A total of 31 looks, each of them inspired by a woman and Rapha´s sexy and glamorous version of them. The collection pays tribute to: Donata Meirelles, Helena Bordon, Maythe Birman, Carol Andraus, Lala Rudge, the models Barbara Fialho and Izabel Goulart, and also the fashion editor Anna Dello Russo, to name a few.
“My clients missed having luxury items made here in Brazil. Something that would made them lust for and really desire,” he explains. To fill in this lack, Rapha created ultra-sexy cut out dresses. The type of dress you see on the red carpet. Everything is superlative. “Maybe the bomber jacket is the only day wear piece in the collection. All the other pieces are cocktail, gala and red carpet dresses,” he projects.
The color chart is composed of five shades: black, white, gold, wine and silver. Among the materials: a lot of lame, velvet, musline, French lace with a metallic effect and with fishnet tights effect as well. There is also a leopard print with sequins that changes color when touched. Hearts appear in different ways in all of the looks, sometimes embroidered, sometimes as 3D printed in the pieces. And to conclude, a touch of flamenco, in reference to the Spanish family background of the creator.”I don´t want to create any new concept or trend. I want women to identify themselves with the collection, feel powerful and, above all, confident,” he says. Scheduled for April, the launch will have the same format as the haute couture shows: customers and friends will be watching everything closely, while models make theatrical entries coming down through Maison Alexandrine´s staircase.
It is worth remembering that Rapha Mendonça and Maison Alexandrine already have a four year relationship. The stylist has created several exclusive looks worn by model Barbara Fialho in different events around the world, such as the Victoria’s Secret’s pink carpet, amFAR and the Brazil Foundation. And it seems that this partnership still has a long way to go.