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Walério Araújo Homage to Elke Maravilha at SPFW N55

Fashion designer chooses his best friend as inspiration for his latest collection

Photo Ze Takahashi / @agfotosite

São Paulo, May 29, 2023 – Last Sunday, on the 28th, fashion designer Walério Araújo brought the iconic figure of Elke Maravilha as inspiration to the runway of SPFW N55. Extravagant and modern clothing pieces were showcased in a spectacle that embraced the vibrant colors of the LGBTQIAP+ flag, a cause championed by the model long before it became a global topic of discussion.

On the runway, the color palette ranged from red to black, representing the different phases of Elke's life story. Body suits, jumpsuits, blazers, dresses, and high boots were among the chosen pieces by the designer. The concept aimed to narrate a story of friendship and love translated into unique and timeless garments.

Walério Araújo, known for his bold and audacious designs, found inspiration in his deep connection with Elke Maravilha, who was not only a muse but also his best friend. Elke's vibrant personality and commitment to inclusivity served as the driving force behind this collection.

Photo: Marcelo Soubhia /@agfotosite

Elke Maravilha, a Brazilian model, actress, and TV personality, was a pioneer in advocating for LGBTQIAP+ rights and diversity within the fashion industry. She fearlessly expressed herself through fashion and played a significant role in breaking down barriers and challenging societal norms.

Walério Araújo's collection pays homage to Elke's legacy, capturing her essence through avant-garde fashion. The designs seamlessly blend eccentricity with elegance, reflecting the vibrant spirit and individuality that characterized Elke's persona.

The SPFW N55 runway show became a platform to celebrate the extraordinary life of Elke Maravilha, reminding the audience of her influential presence in the fashion world and beyond. Walério Araújo's collection serves as a testament to their enduring friendship and mutual admiration.

Photo Ze Takahashi / @agfotosite

By choosing Elke Maravilha as his muse, Walério Araújo continues to push boundaries and challenge conventional standards in the fashion industry. His collection not only showcases his exceptional craftsmanship but also pays tribute to an iconic figure who left an indelible mark on Brazilian fashion and LGBTQIAP+ activism.

As the fashion industry evolves, it is vital to remember those who paved the way for inclusivity and self-expression. Walério Araújo's tribute to Elke Maravilha at SPFW N55 stands as a powerful reminder of the importance of embracing diversity, both on and off the runway.

Photo: Marcelo Soubhia /@agfotosite

Stay tuned for more updates on this groundbreaking collection and the inspiring legacy of Elke Maravilha.

Photo Ze Takahashi / @agfotosite


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