Designers elaborate on national themes in Lima Fashion Week's third day. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A celebration of national aesthetics and Peruvian women dominated the third day of Lima Fashion Week in the capital on Wednesday (March 25), displaying the country's top designers' Fall Winter Collections in the event's eight edition. Peruvian designer, Ana Maria Guiulfo, whose work has been displayed at Paris and Miami Fashion Weeks, found inspiration in the progressive female comic book character, Erminia, created by artist Valerie Velasco with the support of the Spanish Agency for international Development Cooperation. Erminia is depicted in dynamic video animations set in Cuzco, confronting local issues such as domestic violence and gender inequality in political representation. In her pleated and voluminous skirt, her wide, white "sombrero," plaits and embroidered bags, she represents a traditional Andean woman, boldly taking on modern times. Guiulfo brought this bold attitude to the catwalk with pleated skirts, bright coloured waist-bands and vibrant comic-book prints, innovating traditional styles. Kuna also presented a proud Peruvian display, with its latest collection of alpaca fibres, gaining international momentum with outlets in Chile, Australia, the United States and Europe. Gerardo Privat, who has established five successful lines under his name - Privat Couture, Pret-a-porter, Footwear, Home and PRIVATE by Gerardo Privat - with growing international success, also turned back to his roots with a show of Amazonian opulence. He delighted audiences with silks stamped in animal prints, foliage and tropical flowers, recognising the growing popularity of the proposed national fabric and working with alpaca fibre for the first time in his career. Lima Fashion Week wraps up on Friday (March 27) with further collections from Alessandra Petersen, Angie Schlegel and Noe Bernacelli.