Stephanie Lim is a New York-based writer and photographer temporarily living in Buenos Aires. PAPERMAG asked her to cover Buenos Aires Fashion Week for us, and this is her first entry.
Buenos Aires Fashion Week is the the kickoff of the winter season here down south, although you'd never guess it was winter based on the prevalence of bare legs among the attendees . A young crowd -- many of whom couldn't get into the 18-and-over beverage areas -- filled the expo center, many waiting hours in line without ever making it to the runway viewing area.
"It's exciting to have so many young people here," said Greens designer Gabriel Grinshpan. He attributes the success of his local brand to his retro-leaning designs updated with modern fabrics, which appeal to a wider demographic.
Although designers showed off everything from Juana de Arco's flashy neon sequins to Cora Groppo's monochromatic lines, the evening highlight was the gothic-inspired PrÃ¼ne show, showcased on a runway cluttered with Renaissance-style furniture and strewn with red velvets.
The popularity of the PrÃ¼ne show is a testament to the die-hard allegiance to punk-inspired fashion, seen throughout Buenos Aires at the city's edgiest hideouts like La Cigale.