Innovation Abounds at Moda Lisboa Fashion Week 2021
From the inspiring minds of ModaLisboa and the association’s fabulous president, Eduarda Abbondanza!, in collaboration with the city of Lisbon, came MODALISBOA COMUNIDADA. A digital fashion week that broadcasted across social networks, website, TV, and mobile apps from April 15 – 18, 2021. A moment in fashion history where “designers, artists, musicians, photographers, journalists, models, hairdressers and make-up artists, industry professionals, technicians, entrepreneurs, researchers and investors, brands, teachers, students, consumers, and enthusiasts,” collaborated to produce a magnificently innovative and inspiring series of virtual fashion events. Digital sharing at its finest. Fashion lovers looked on in delight as the ModaLisboa community showcased unique and creative fashion designs through beautifully filmed productions. Read on for some of our favorites from Lisboa Fashion Week 2021!
6 Fashion Designers & Fall|Winter 2021|2022 Collections We Love from ModaLisboa Comunidada Digital Fashion Week
Born in Nampula, Mozambique, Carlos Gil graduated in Fashion Design in Portugal. Then in 1998, he opened his first atelier, followed by his first store in Fundão, Portugal. Carlos designs to capture beauty in various ways, creating astonishing and superior quality pieces.
The Collection: NOW KNOW
At Lisboa Fashion Week 2021 Carlos presented “Now Know”. Scarves, bags, and shoulders were some of our favorite elements from Carlos’s Fall/Winter 2021/22 collection. About “getting closer”, the collection displays feeling and emotion. “The color, the hug, and the kiss are the basis for the inspiration and development of this sharing of emotions that, more than ever, are the priority of an unknown time.”
A master’s degree in London and a long trip through India planted an ever-growing skein of ideas in Joana Duarte‘s mind.
Out textile treasures found in her grandmother’s chest or in flea markets and antique shops, Joana creates fashion for this day and age. But she doesn’t do it alone: a banner of the connection of women through textiles, BÉHEN collaborates with small communities of woman artisans to give the rags new life.
The Collection: I WANT YOU SO BAD
“In the treasure, love. In love, desire. ‘I Want You So Bad’ focuses on the ardent discovery of post-innocence. Intertwine in fairy tales to discover the world in images of smell and warm wind. Like a treasure, a love, a wish. It is a golden story that carries the sounds of all the legends.
Materials from all over the world—Portuguese bed covers, Macau velvet carpets, and natural silks from French palaces—combine with marbling made in partnership with the Ricardo Espírito Santo Foundation and accessories born from CEAGAGÊ’s passion. The result: a collection stacked with innovation and style!
Every woman is unique, so the clothes she wears must be as well. Having this idea in mind, the Portuguese brand BUZINA was born in 2016 to dress all women who love exclusive, different and versatile pieces in their wardrobe.
“Fashion gives power and strength to women, reflects the decades evolution by leaving behind gender roles and the false idea that women compete with each other. There isn’t a body, a style or a predefined beauty pattern, but the authenticity of each woman.”
The Collection: CLOUD: THE PAST IS KEPT, THE FUTURE IS OURS
Buzina’s collection for FW 21/22 is a point of reflection of a line of continuity the brand seeks to follow. CLOUD is influenced by the ‘metropolitan baroque’ of Baixo-Minho, where Vera Fernandes was born and still works today. The design of the volume. The outline of the silhouettes. And the profuse details refer to the ‘fat forms’ of the decoration of the eighteenth-century churches of the Portuguese Northwest. Further, the structures of the quilted dresses, with decorative geometric seams, seem to revisit the most popular tradition and clothing heritage of the region. Buzina continues to explore women’s unique identity. And proposes three symbolic colors—purple, green, and white—that appear as a graphic mention of the suffragette movement.”
A graduate from Cooperativa Arvore and the Citex in Oporto, Portugal, Ricardo Andrez explores images and products with the motto: Thinking about Fashion is thinking about the body. In 2006, Ricardo established his own label focused on men’s fashion. “Since then, he has reinterpreted sportswear and streetwear, creating a colorful, healthy, and structured universe.”
The Collection: Lisboa Fashion Week 2021
A symbiosis between poetry and the chaos of the vulnerable place in which we live radiates from Ricardo Andrez’s Fall/Winter 2021/22 collection. A group of designs entirely produced from dead-stock fabrics. “Where the mistakes from the past are given new hope for the future.”
Born and based in Lisbon, Constança Entrudo graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2017 with a BA in Textile Design. She has worked as a designer for Balmain, Peter Pilotto and Marques’Almeida. All her pieces are created in accordance with her belief that making clothes is about the way we reuse flat fabric to a 3D figure form of the human body.
The Collection: THE WORLD WE LIVE IN: PART II
“The World we live in: Part II” begins in a series of 1950s Life Magazine articles with the same name. These images of nature are explored in the prints. But also expand with the incorporation of Madeira embroidery and influences of the Brazilian Tropicália movement. At the same time that the poetry of Caetano Veloso’s voice soothes us. Constança Entrudo confronts the viewer with sustainable regeneration, in a Fall/Winter 2021/22 collection of details that elevates the Designer’s aesthetics of textile manipulation and upcycling. Night and day live, in contrast, in the same piece.
Founder of the homonymous womenswear brand, Gonçalo Peixoto studied Fashion Design in 2012 in Guimarães and later graduated from ESAD, Escola Superior de Artes e Design, in Matosinhos. His collections have drawn the attention of several highly-regarded fashion stores, fashion magazines, and other artists.
The Collection: Lisboa Fashion Week 20201
“Social isolation gave rise to an enormous need to feel the touch and the proximity between the bodies in a way never felt before. Gonçalo Peixoto’s Fall/Winter 2021/22 collection opens the door to the disco and transports us to some of the most nostalgic feelings of those times. The desire for touch and freedom is wrapped in a vibrant and fun color palette. And makes us dance and sing our favorite songs. We are driven in a longing to go out and relive some of the best moments and stories that have always remained in our memories.”