Dear Shaded Viewers,
Valentim Quaresma designs striking jewelry pieces for men and women, which are luxurious and tribal at the same time, referencing ancient symbols and visual traditions. This season, the Portuguese designer had death in mind, as well as 1980s goth, a key trend launched by Marc Jacobs in New York. Quaresma's take on Haute Goth focused on monochrome effects, pairing graphic black and pure white with transparent plexiglas and clear crystals, adding a baroque flavor to most of his pieces. From imposing necklaces worn against bare skin to statement headpieces and chunky cuffs, the collection underlined intricate craftsmanship as well as sexual thrills, evidenced in his use of tight belts inspired by Victorian corsetry. Entitled "Domination", Quaresma's show was more elegant than subversive, hinting at the ironic and decadent style of 1980s aristopunks.