ModaLisboa Day 2 : a +1’s Point of View
During the past 4 days I kept reminding myself of one thing: being here is a privilege therefore it is your obligation to make the most of it. Having a business major, I identified three major personal objectives to be met by Monday the 11th of October at 6h30 AM, the closing time of Absolute One the club where the ModaLisboa Transfusion closing party took place. They are as following:
- Learning about Portuguese designers
- Identifying Lisboestas current top Trends
- Pick pieces you love from seasons past.
- Opt for your one-in-a-kind pieces: Take a long look at your wardrobe and search for that item you bought in Notting Hill that you KNOW no-one else will be wearing.
- Wear brands that your country does not have easy access to – In the case of Portugal:TopShop, American Apparel, Urban Outfitters etc.
Having said this, let’s get back to business.
- Metallics Were Everywhere:
|Chanel Gold Sequin Dress that demonstrates how to go all out in Glitter & Gold|
- The double “C’ed” Glittery Urban Legend
|From left to right: A number of these boho skirts and not only pleated but transparent. The image in the center actually shows a combination of two of the most seen ModaLisboa trends: Metallic Boho Pleated Skirt.|
|Lace works with a Classic/Conventional look as it does for a Boho-Chic outfit.|
|Emma Watson in a Rafael Lopez design, the perfect LLBD: Little Lace Black Dress|
Christian Louboutin has gone as far as to produce lace to adorn our feet:
Now let’s move on to the designers.
(Note: The images of the both these shows are taken from the official ModaLisboa blog. If you want to look at the complete collections check out www.dailymodalisboa.blogspot.com)
- Luis Buchinho
According to Buchinho, this season’s collection was based on a deconstructed greco-roman universe, reborn in a tropical environment. This idea is visually displayed through the elegant draping of the pieces. Sun yellow and prints are the two main elements used to energize the collection, making it fun and youthful and of course tropical.
Besides silks and prints, Buchinho also uses rope-like cords, crochet and sequins. From a personal note I’d like to add that a number of the pieces appear to have mystic underwater theme. The coral colours are reminiscent of beautiful plants that rest beneath the water, the crochet roped garments could be representations of fish scales and that final sequin embellished dress enhanced with silk-like fins hinting at the silhouette of an exquisite dainty mermaid. (Could it be that Buchinho had a chat will Karl Largerfeld and Sarah Burton so that the collections would all be based on variations of the same theme?) Take a closer look below:
- Ana Salazar
According to Salazar, the pieces should reflect the various stages of construction during the creative process as well as “the foundations that sustain them”. (In other words, what we should be seeing are designs in the making or rough drafts). The result is an intriguing display of volumes, structures and materials.
It’s bold, its dark and it’s interesting. One could argue that a number of the pieces are unfinished, if this is in fact true and they are in fact rough drafts then they’re like no other rough drafts ever seen simply because they’re executed to perfection.
In conclusion, it was a very fulfilling day. The concepts behind the designs were interesting, especially that of Ana Salazar.
I do believe that in my last post I made an appeal to Lisboa to WOW me. If this level is kept up and built upon I may have to eat my words and admit that perhaps I was to quick to judge…
Day 2 was definitely enlightening. Let’s see what has to be said about Days 3 and 4 and if I will have to actually own up to some sort of error in judgment.