Bobby Abley takes us on a journey to the tropical rain forests and carnival culture of Brazil with his AW16 collection and we take you our lovely readers on a journey of what you can expect from this season’s collection.
Brazil has been a long time passion for Bobby Abley and this season celebrates the summer he spent there this past year. Rio de Janeiro with it’s golden beaches, lush mountains and samba-fueled nightlife provides a backdrop, but Bobby Abley isn’t scared to explore a darker side of paradise in the shadow of this year’s Olympic host city.
Parts of Abley’s inspiration in his AW16 collection comes in the form of Disney Characters Donald Duck and José Carioca from Disney’s Saludos Amigos which premiered in Rio de Janeiro in 1942, in which Donald travel to Brazil to be taught to Sambaby local parrot José.
By taking inspiration from Brazil’s colors, music, city’s dramatic landscape bold prints, and bright block colors, Abley was able to create a collection that has a relaxed sports casual style.
In stark contrast, Bobby Abley has worked with two Rio de Janeiro residents, inspired and effected by the oft-overlooked challenges faced by the cities more than 1 million most vulnerable people. Local artist Ygor Marottacreates slogan posters spreading messages of peace, hope and love throughout the city and has worked with Bobby to translate one of his most recognizable works to the catwalk – Amor Amor Amor.
Bobby Abley also worked with Igor Miranda, a13-year-old boy he met visiting one of the city’s many favelas, who created one of the collection’s prints. A generous portion of profits from these pieces will be split between a direct savings account under Igor’s name and will be available to him when he turns 18 for use towards higher education, and the Brazil Foundation to be used towards education, health, social and civic causes.
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Photos Courtesy of Ebi Sampson and Ella Dror PR