DESIGNER TALK: OROCÉO CASTRO

Paolo and Ginny founded women's wear brand Orocéo Castro in 2015. The brother and sister duo made a splash in the Melbourne, Australia fashion scene utilizing structured fabrics to create and sculpt flattering silhouettes. Finding inspiration in the style of Melbourne fashionistas, Orocéo Castro's signature style transcends continents to appeal to a global audience.

How did you become involved in fashion design? A few years back, I decided to finally study fashion after putting it off for so long. My sister, Ginny, did some fashion styling but she did it on and off. We are both health professionals but in 2015 we decided to try and start our own label. We loved it so much, we decided to just go for it. We've done three collections so far and we look forward to a lot more. 

What materials do you most like to work with? We gravitate towards more structured fabrics like ponti and neoprene that create really interesting shapes and silhouettes. We also like working with shirting fabrics because it is quite compatible with our style. 

How does your geographical location influence your aesthetic? Melbourne has a relatively cooler climate however, it also experiences all seasons. This allows us to incorporate a myriad of types of fabrics into our designs and we love it! Melbourne's residents are notorious for loving the color black. We are no different. We love black and we love neutrals and we tend to limit the amount of strong colors in our collections but we can be quite adventurous when it comes to silhouettes. Also, we adore a striking print! 

What’s been your greatest professional achievement to date? We definitely have a long way to go and we are still learning the ropes, but we consider being invited to stock at a few stores as well as being invited to several fashion shows and featured in several magazines—all at both local and international levels—in just a year as achievements. Nevertheless, we crave for a lot more. 

What’s one thing people would never guess about you? That I eat like a hungry python and that Ginny is pretty good at poi spinning!