The name Octavio Carlin might be new to you, but this Los Angeles based designer has had his own label for the last 10 years and has dressed many celebrities including Sharon Stone and Paris Hilton. The native of Mexico City started out his career as a child actor, moved to LA to continue acting as an adult, worked in interior design and then costume design before pursuing a design career in fashion. This diverse background in the arts and design is reflective in Octavio Carlin’s work, giving his collections a focus and richness that makes it so appealing.
For his Spring 2012 Collection presented at Style Fashion Week LA, Mr. Carlin was inspired by a mix of art deco and art nouveau, approaching it in a very architectural manner. With a clear emphasis on drape, silhouettes are body conscious but flowing, skimming the body and creating movement. Bold prints and stripes add another dimension to the collection, emphasizing the art deco inspiration and giving the collection more visual depth.
Mr. Carlin’s chose a sophisticated color palate for Spring 2012 with darks and brights mixing equally throughout the collection. The strongest colors in the collection are plum, deep blue and yellow, with black and white brining it all together.