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Few months ago I was invited by Brazilian designer Almir França to do a photoshoot in Central Park in New York. It was a great experience working with him. Almir has an enormous sense of community; his work also involves a great deal of LGBT issues, he is in charge of the Gay Pride Parade in Rio de Janeiro.
To conclude the Central Park project, he invited me to walk on his fashion show that took place in a market in one of Rio’s suburb. It was fun experience being surrounded by an audience who perhaps never really seeing a fashion show.
Almir França next community project will be fashion classes in one of the biggest school of samba in Rio: Portela

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Almir França and moi at the end of his show (photo by Alex Mallet)

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by Gazelle Paulo

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Gazelle for Almir França
by Denilson Vieira
Central Park / May 2014

Last May, I was invited by Brazilian designer Almir França to be part of a photo shoot in Central Park. Almir – who lives in Rio de Janeiro – designed a collection inspired on the Ecologic Reserve Tinguá in Xerém (Duque de Caxias – RJ); his idea for the shoot was to combine the green from Tinguá with the green in Central Park with the message that people should understand how important the green is to the world, using fashion as a tool, Almir wants us to save the leaves.

“Save the Leaves” collection will be launched in August 2 in Rio de Janeiro with a show where 50 looks will be presented, the event will take place at CADEG – Municipal Market of Rio de Janeiro during the closing festivities of its Winter Festival, with support from the Department of Environment of the State of Rio de Janeiro.

The photos taken in Central Park will be in a catalog featuring the 2014 Almir França collection, with texts by Pierry Verger, Flavio Guilon and Fernando Terra; also including photographs by Roberta Brandão. The catalog has a fashion message that contributes to the construction of new identities. Honestly, I was very honored to have been invited by the designer to be included in his eco fashion project.

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Gazelle for Almir França
by Denilson Vieira
Central Park / May 2014

FreakChic by Gazelle Paulo

Gazelle also writes for TheBlot and NewYorkSPY