Colour and texture are our world, and they shape what we are and what we wear. Much of what we wrap ourselves in during winter is a reflection of the cloudy skies and flowerless trees; translated to dark colours and equally flowerless prints. Spring 2012’s fashions are shaped by a want for optimism, reflections of blue skies and bluer waters and the magic of creatures that frolic there – if only in our imaginations.

Sequins and pailettes aren’t just decoration for party dresses, they’re the scales of mermaids. Metallic snakeskin goes beyond what occurs in nature. A shimmy of fringing is the plumage of an exotic bird. That much stylist Rita Lazzarotti and photographer Manuel Nogueira know – and perfectly capture with their matching of colourful, textured outfits with highly saturated imagery.

martha streck elle brazil

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Martha Streck: Elle Brazil January '12
Martha Streck: Elle Brazil January '12
Martha Streck: Elle Brazil January '12
Martha Streck: Elle Brazil January '12
Martha Streck: Elle Brazil January '12
Martha Streck: Elle Brazil January '12
Martha Streck: Elle Brazil January '12

Martha Streck’s shoot is from the January 2012 issue of Elle Brazil. You can view it all at the thumbnails above.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.