Daisy Lowe walks Rio catwalk as "special guest" alongside Andrej Pejic… but nobody there knows who she is


Daisy's low: Model walks Rio catwalk as 'special guest' alongside Andrej Pejic… but nobody there knows who she is

An It Girl and an orange Spandex blob of writhing humanity capped Rio de Janeiro's five-day-long fashion week Saturday, lending a gimmicky end to the city's otherwise strong winter 2012 collections.

In a bid to create the kind of buzz its clothes themselves can't, streetwear label Auslander regularly invites celebrities to walk in its shows.

But this season's special guest, British It Girl Daisy Lowe, left the crowd cold.

Not so black and white: Daisy Lowe was meant to be the stand-out star attraction of the Auslander winter 2012 collection at Fashion Rio but nobody in the audience knew who who she was and the show fell flat

Not so black and white: Daisy Lowe was meant to be the stand-out star attraction of the Auslander winter 2012 collection at Fashion Rio but nobody in the audience knew who who she was and the show fell flat

Daisy who Gavin Rossdale's model daughter, 22, was billed as a 'special guest' at Auslander's Fashion Rio show… but front row guests had no idea who the British It Girl was

Though Miss Lowe gave it a good try,
throwing her hips dramatically as she sauntered down the catwalk in
what amounted to a one-piece swimsuit, the audience didn't seem to know
or care who she was.

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Andrej Pejic

Star of the show: Androgynous male model Andrej Pejic modelled two womenswear looks for Auslander. He caused more of a stir than Miss Lowe, thanks to his international following

Many of the men's and women's pieces
were the kind of casual urban fares you see on practically every
sidewalk, and the ponchos, shawls, skirts and dresses made from mohair
blankets looked nothing short of infernal, considering the 100 degree
weather outside.

If you want people to concentrate on the
clothes, the ideal fashion show backdrop is probably not a giant
parachute in orange Spandex with a dozen people squirming, thrashing and
wiggling underneath it.

But for experimental Rio-based label Oestudio, the clothes are clearly beside the point. It's all about putting on a unique show – and the writhing blob was ideally suited for the task.

The clothes included sweatshirts like
cocoons, without any sleeves, cropped pants with one extra-wide palazzo
leg and the other a narrow cigarette, and button-down shirts cinched at
the waist with an extra pair of sleeves. (Perhaps those shorn from the
sweatshirts)

Wooly: The mohair ponchos by the fashion label were considered too hot for the Brazilian climate

Auslander

A model walks the runway at Fashion Rio for Auslander

Hot stuff Many of Auslander's designs were the kind of thing you see on practically every sidewalk, and the ponchos, shawls, skirts and dresses looked nothing short of infernal, considering the sweltering Rio heat

The models – a refreshingly
ethnically mixed cast that appeared to include nonprofessionals –
swerved as they took to the catwalk to avoid being hit by the random
fist, shoulder, knee or face that would sporadically poke out of the
Spandex.

In comparison with the Oestudio show, everything else seemed a bit anticlimactic.

But at Andrea Marques, it was definitely the good kind of anticlimactic.

The designer looked to the bourgeois styles of the 1970s, serving up the pleated A-line skirts and tie-front blouses in the lightest chiffon.

Maxi-dresses with long sleeves and high collars didn't show an inch of skin, but the snake skin printed silk was suggestively see-through.

Oestudio

Oestudio

Oestudio

Experimental: The Oestudio show included sweatshirts like cocoons, cropped pants with one extra-wide palazzo leg and the other a narrow cigarette, and shirts cinched at the waist with an extra pair of sleeves

Transparency is not an easy look for
most women, but slap a lining onto Marques' dresses and feather-light
shirts and you'd have yourself a fetching and wearable collection.

Giulia Borges' short, layered looks in black and white lace, tulle and chiffon were at once edgy and whisper-light.

Despite looking like they'd weigh in at mere ounces, the short lace cocktail dresses – some worn with satin tuxedo jackets fitted with peplums and trailing tails – had a street-savvy toughness about them.

Like gangster molls who just might be concealing a razor blade in their elegant French twist hairdo, Borges' lovely ladies were not to be messed with.

Wearable: Designer Andrea Marques looked to the bourgeois styles of the 1970s, serving up the pleated A-line skirts and tie-front blouses in the lightest chiffon

Wearable: Designer Andrea Marques looked to the bourgeois styles of the 1970s, serving up the pleated A-line skirts and tie-front blouses in the lightest chiffon

The narrative at Nica Kessler was less clear-cut. With maxi-dresses that had a vaguely '70s vibe mixed in with sweater dresses that felt like '80s power dressing, Kessler's collection was all over the place.

Even the models looked a bit lost.

They struggled to negotiate three mirrored podiums set awkwardly in the middle of the catwalk, and there were a few near-collisions.

But then again it might have been the models' hair that was to blame: long strands were combed down over their faces, giving them a vaguely Cousin It-ish look.