Named for Mexican Painter Frida Khalo, KAHLO embodies the “pain and passion” most noted in the artist’s vibrant works. The Australian line, designed by Rachelle Sinclair and Fay Ogunbadejo, is only in its third season, with their Spring/Summer 2013 collection debuting recently at Sydney Fashion week and their Fall/Winter 2012 collection available now.

Frida described herself as a “ribbon around a bomb,” cited by the KAHLO woman who is simplistically adorned in terrene textures but maintains a detonative element. An androgynous quality is amended by shorted hems and a girlish innocence: a pretty tomboy wearing daddy’s old coat.

The brand draws its inspiration from observation. In viewing the “Awkward Presence” collection, we observe the observer: an eccentric woman, dressed to eerie perfection, biding her time to explode.

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