Rio's favelas

Are Rio’s favelas inspiring fashion and design?

The Favelas of Rio are known world wide for their vibrant patchwork of colours, materials and designs. The ad-hoc builds and shelters which are built out of scraps of wood, mud, sand, bricks and stones in the hills and on the fringes of urban expansion are trickling through as inspiration for designers across the board.

Rio favelas design

Society are growing somewhat tired of the shiny, immaculate, globalised products and the recent trend for vintage chic can be seen in everything from furniture to fashion to business (with such platforms as Etsy becoming a phenomenon).

What’s more its not just vintage that is catching the eye of us buyers! Instead the favela style of stitched together, colourful or varying materials can be seen on catwalks and shelves.

Adidas shoes fashion

Adidas show us how shoes can reflect that ad-hoc style whilst Campana’s brothers have created a popular chair that beautifully displays its recycled past.

Ikea chair

In 2014 Louis Vuitton released a range of bags that were a proud mixture of varying materials, styles and colours embodying that Favela design.

Louis Vuiton bag design fashion
Louis Vuiton bag design fashion

And finally, Burberry released their A/W 2016 collection at London Fashion Week which was a clear nod to this unusual style. So will we be seeing more of this unique look in the future?

Burberry fashion

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