#PortugalFashion Day 2 |Part 2 | Susana Bettencourt & Estelita Mendonça

After a short break to go backstage and talk to designers and get a closer look and feel of the clothes and fabrics, the show went on. This is what we were shown and what I thought about each collection.
SUSANA BETTENCOURT
Allow me to start by saying that this collection was my favorite of the entire day. Without a doubt!
With the rise and strong voice in the international fashion scene of talented designers of like Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou, prints in bold colors have been growing and gaining a voice of their own. 
I have seen other Portuguese designers using print in their collections, but Susana Bettencourt uses it with knit quite beautifully and combines it with geometric prints using the Bargello technique. Not only that, the designer gives the pieces a strong cut and design, in order to give each piece a visual and geometric dimension that is extended to the entire look.
During the previous shows at Lisbon Fashion Week this last season and previous I have been giving a special attention to how models are styled to portray the vision and story of the runway show. Even though that calls for a side post, I have to stress how remarkable the styling and make up were here. It made sense, it did not take our attention from the clothes, but instead gave each garment a visual strength and higher impact.
A clear attention to detail. I guess it is only natural, considering her forte is knit and printed knit.
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Palette: White, Grey, Black, Emerald and Soft Green, and Yellow
Fabrics: no information available at the time of publishing (to be updated if possible)
Shoes: Visit WTFShoes Official Page and Facebook for photos and details.
ESTELITA MENDONÇA
This is a designer that has already proven his worth in previous collections. With an undeniable technique, what surprised me the most was the delicate details incorporated on each piece. A collection that is versatile enough to please different type of men and also to be mixed and matched with different styles, giving the male wardrobe a sporty casual edge.
In spite of that, the way it was presented made it look slightly boring and, considering the majority of people did not go backstage, the beautiful details, what makes the pieces so interesting, completely disappears. 
Estelita’s clean design, elegant shapes, soft palette make it a good and safe option when it comes to wearability.
PF_Day2_EstelitaMendonça
Palette: White, Grey, Black, Dark Blue
Fabrics: no information available at the time of publishing (to be updated if possible)
Shoes: Visit WTFShoes Official Page and Facebook for photos and details.
More posts will come soon.
If I were you, I would be keeping a close eye.
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