Moda Lisboa Curiouser | Day 1 | Sangue Novo

One of the many wonderful things about fashion week – no matter when, no matter where – is that your expectation is always high, and your mind is free to absorb all the beautiful collections. That said, let us move on to Day 1 summary feedback.
SANGUE NOVO (New Designers)
Can I start with an example? Say you love hamburgers and a new place in town opened up, claiming to bring something new. You get there and expect… something new. Right?
In spite of such expectation, the reality is not always that and very few designers actually push the envelope in a creative and forward manner. Boys and Girls, “This is NOT the time to play it safe!”
But yes, there was improvement from previous collections. Fall/Winter seems, again, to be stuck in shades of midnight blue and red cerise, fur and leather.  The designers that caught my eye were:
CRISTINA REAL
A mature collection, true to the aesthetics and lines she has been developing and presenting over the years, where the details are what makes the difference. Even though there was an obvious winter palette choice, Cristina managed to leave curious to see where she would take this “sample” to an actual “collection”. My favorite look was the 3rd one shown below, the oversized jacket. Hopefully next year she will rightfully make it to LAB.
PATRICK DE PÁDUA
Streetwear meets Hip-Hop meets Tattoos meets dogs. Sounds like too much to take in? It was not. It was new, surprising and exciting and woke us up from the usual suspects and collection styles. Everything was there in a strong fashion statement in a style that often has a negative connotation. Orange made it to the catwalk as a dominant, bold and adventurous color. Transparencies, net details and bulky jackets were interesting to the eye and many saw themselves nodding in praise.
His fashion forward style won Patrick a spot at the next season of Fashion Clash, a fantastic event in Holland.
INÊS DUVALE
I have a fashion-crush on this designer. After being selected last October to present her collection at Fashion Clash, her humble attitude and her honest and focused embrace of this industry is remarkable. Her vision is clearly translated into every single one of her pieces and it is evident how much her passion is to make good clothes, correction, great clothes. Clean lines and strong pieces with a mix of casual-sporty looks for men, Inês offered a good range of choices in well fitted sweaters, jackets and pants that would easily jump from runway to different men wardrobes.
A last mention to Tânia Fonseca and David Catalán whose collections were very nice to see and hopefully next season will bring an excitement twist.
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