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    Image: A model presents a creation from Neon's Fall/Winter 2010/11 collection during Sao Paulo Fashion Week

    Bizarre Brazilian fashions

    Sao Paulo Fashion Week 2010 features fall/winter collections inspired by animals, furniture and more.

  • Image: A model presents a creation from Lino Villaventura's Fall/Winter 2010/11 collection during Sao Paulo Fashion Week

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    Haute tropic

    Sao Paulo Fashion Week 2010 began Jan. 18 in Brazil's largest city. The six-day event is a showcase for the fall/winter 2010 collections of 38 designers, who take their inspirations from such sources as animals and furniture. Lino Villaventura, for example, paired wild accessories like this elaborate hat with beautiful cocktail dresses.

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  • Image: Models present creations from Neon's Fall/Winter 2010/11 collection during the Sao Paulo Fashion Week

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    Jungle chic

    Label Neon's collection channels the Amazon with its animal-themed pieces.

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    Sharp look

    A model wears an elephant-inspired design by Neon, complete with tusks, at Sao Paulo Fashion Week.

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  • Image: A model presents a creation from Alexandre Herchcovitch's Fall/Winter 2010/11 collection during the Sao Paulo Fashion Week

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    Skull and bones

    Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch, who launched his line in 1994, stayed true to his style of freaky fantasy with his fall/winter 2010 collection. For the men's show, models sported shaved heads with their faces painted to look like skulls.

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  • Image: A model presents a creation from Neon's Fall/Winter 2010/11 collection during Sao Paulo Fashion Week

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    Fly style

    One of Neon's most striking pieces was a colorful wild toucan gown.

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  • Image: A model presents a creation from Lino Villaventura's Fall/Winter 2010/11 collection during Sao Paulo Fashion Week

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    Message from the gods

    The Lino Villaventura collection includes bright, whimsical and dazzling shoes. "I put on the sandals of Hermes and flew in the imagination," explained the designer.

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    Unleash the inner animal

    New label 2nd Floor presented a quirky collection that included wolf- and owl-inspired hats.

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    Zip it up

    Brazilian label Amapo showcases an eclectic mix of textures and prints.This jacket is made up of several zippers that join fabric straps.

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    Armed with luxury

    Enormous sleeves were common in Amapo's 2010 fall/winter line. One of the collection's themes was “luxurious versions of homeless lonely people.”

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    Dark side

    The Ellus collection stuck to mostly blacks and blues, evoking a biker-chic style.

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    Tied up

    A model wears a creation by Brazilian designer Fabia Bercsek that amalgamates disco and bondage for a futuristic look.

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  • Image: A model presents a creation from Samuel Cirnansck's Fall/Winter 2010/11 collection during the Sao Paulo Fashion Week

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    Women as furniture?

    Designer Samuel Cirnansck takes the table skirt to a whole new level with this dress.

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    Dark shades

    This was one of a few lampshade hats that were shown as part of Samuel Cirnansck's collection.

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    Classic inspiration

    Using heavy cloths like velvet as well as metallic organza and silicon -- all adorned with embroidery or crystals -- Samuel Cirnansck takes inspiration from 18th century furniture designer Thomas Chippendale.

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    Back support

    Samuel Cirnansck continues his furniture theme with this jacket that's reminiscent of a throw pillow or chair back.

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    Head-to-toe

    A model wears a one-piece pantsuit by Samuel Cirnansck.

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    Cushy position

    A model wears a red dress by Samuel Cirnansck with sleeves and a skirt made of cushions.

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    Futuristic

    Brazilian-born designer Tufi Duek's line Forum shows off structured, dark pieces paired with platforms for the 2010/11 collection, like this number worn by Dutch model Lara Stone.

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    Old world style

    Brazilian top model Isabeli Fontana wears a creation from Alexandre Herchcovitch, who took his cue from the Crusades and middle Asia for this collection.

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    Tropical texture

    “My winter collection is inspired by my summer collection," Osklen’s Oskar Metsavaht told Style.com at Sao Paulo Fashion Week.

    Much of the collection took a structural cue from city skylines, and pieces like this mixed color and texture for a tropical feel.

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  • Image: Models present creations from Osklen's Fall/Winter 2010/11 collection during the Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo

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    Head case

    Osklen's line includes several pieces made from sustainable materials, including organic wool and straw silk knitting, and multiple knitting techniques.

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    Man and the sea

    London-based designer Alexander McQueen's menswear collection was inspired by whalers and seafarers and utilizes adventurous prints. The collection is titled "An Bailitheoir Cnamh," Celtic for "The Bone Collector."

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