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Portugal Fashion Fall/Winter 2013

Last night we had another round of Portugal Fashion, this time to check the latest Portuguese trends for Fall/Winter 2013.

These were the great neon invitations, created by the Portuguese creative studio Soochy – all the artwork was created by them.

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It was a girls nigh only, which started with a glass of sangria, in a bar.

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The girls from the Portuguese TV channel Sic Mulher were handing out candy cotton, of course I had to get one, as I’m completely addicted. Aren’t these outfits lovely?

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L’Óreal had its own studios and they were creating different hairstyles on the fly, right in front of us.

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I decided to go for an 80’s inspired outfit, so I got a pair of fuchsia stilettos, a black skirt and studded biker jacket and wore it with a printed sweater.

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I attended 3 shows, the first one was by Lacoste‘s creative designer, Felipe Oliveira Baptista. The show was mainly black and white, with shiny fabrics.

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There were very well tailored pieces, as the dress and the jumpsuit below, which were my two favorites on the runway.

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The designer bowing, at the end of the show, after the huge applause.

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The menswear brand Dielmar was next, with many plaid suits. Very grandpa chic!DSC_0152

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I especially liked the fact that all the socks were in neon shades: either orange or pink. The travel bags were to die for!

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The night ended with Luís Onofre and his accessories collection. I loved the hard clutches and the above the knee boots.

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Black VS. White

The next Spring/Summer is all about mix and match but not duel will be as big as black vs. white.

Why choose when you can have both? You really can!

Black for Spring, you ask? Of course, even during the day. How? Opt for layers, sheer pieces and shadows. You can go for the total look or pair with white.

As for white…well it’s Summer after all.

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From left to right, top to bottom:

Stella McCartney, Salvatore Ferragamo, Balenciaga by Nicholas Ghesquiere, Moncler, Marni, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and bag by H&M

Chloé’s “Edition Anniversaire”

Ever since it’s beginning in 1952, Chloé‘s key words have been more attitude and realism than any fashion trend.
The fashion house is celebrating it’s 60th anniversary with a special collection called “Edition Anniversaire“, that features 16 iconic pieces created during the years by many of the designers who have worked for the brand.
Among the creators, we can find Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo, Hannah McGibbon, the current designer, Waight Keller and, of course, Gaby Aghion, the founder.

Celine’s current designer, Phoebe Philo, is the one with the biggest number of icons, gathering 8 garments that have marked the brand forever.

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1. The blouse with buttoned collar and satin cuffs, 1960;

2. The shirt dress (on the same picture), 1960;

3. The Pineapple t-shirt – designed by Stella McCartney, in 2001;

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4. The high-waist jeans, 2004;

5. The Paddington bag, 2005 (same picture);

6. The camera bag, by Phoebe Philo, in 2003;

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7. The A-line blouse with English embroidery, by Phoebe Philo, in 2006;

8. Wedges with raw materials, applied to luxury items, 2006 (same picture);

9. The Galaxy dress, designed by Lagerfeld in 1978;

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10. The cape, by Hannah MacGibbon, in 2009, paired with 11. shorts marked the beginning of a very masculine era;

12. The python boots, 2004;

13. Silverado, the python bag, with oversized flaps and ethnic inspiration, also 2004 (second picture);

14. The paisley scarf, usually tied to the bag 2004;

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15. The violin dress, by Karl Lagerfeld, 1983;

16. The evening clutch, 1979

To celebrate the anniversary, the brand has created this website.

Carolina Herrera: happy 74th birthday!

Carolina Herrera,  a Venezuelan designer, started working in the 80’s and her name has become synonymous with elegance and style. Through the years, the designer has presented nothing less than chic and classy looks that can be combined with everyday items, perfect for every hour of the day. Whether their basics and minimal or long gowns, her signature is clear and her tailoring is perfect.

Her “empire” has been built through her work with ready to wear and her fragrance line and she also had a bridal line. People who care less about fashion, are still enchanted with her scents.

Michelle Obama, Renee Zellweger and other well-known celebrities are among her most loyal customers and will definitely remember her on her 74th birthday. Happy birthday, Carolina!

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Pictures from her Spring/Summer 2013 collection

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Two styles from one of my favorite collections: Spring/Summer 2011

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The lovely resort collection, 2008. Lots of hats and ladylike silhouettes.

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Two maxi dresses from the Spring/Summer 2005 collection

Pictures source: Style.com

Fall Winter 2012: Seen and In

The TROUSER SUIT: last winter, we were flooded with the skirt suit, this year, it’s all about the trousers. Whether to go to work, on a formal look or more relaxed, the suit is meant to be used with trousers. The most important thing to remember is that, contrary to the examples below, it doesn’t have to be a matchy-matchy suit. You can try different patterns or solid colors. Play with colours and textures and remember: the boyish, the better.

Pictures below: Miu Miu (top) and Prada (bottom)

MIDI-HEELS (kitten heels or demi-heels): no more need to “kill” your feet, whenever you go out at night or to work during the day. Fashion is adapting to reality and heels are getting lower, more specifically, 3cm to 6cm. Midi-heels, kitten heels or demi-heels, as you prefer, are here to stay and were mainly seen in Valentino‘s show.

Completely adopted by Giovanna Bataglia and Alexa Chung, you can opt for the low cost version by going to Zara or Topshop or buy luxury.

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On a cold Winter , we need warm clothes and as much clothing as possible. Don’t be afraid to overlap, look at Marc Jacobs collection and follow the example. Trousers, then dresses, then blouses then coats. It’s all about staying warm and cozy.

CROPPED trousers/jeans: Dsquared was all about cropped jeans and trousers. Different fabrics, colours and textures. Paired with a cropped jacket and always with a sweater or shirt below.

STUDS AND EMBELLISHMENTS: perfect for a rock mood, the studs will be seen in every single piece, from accessories to small embellishments, whether on the collar of the shirt or the pocket of your denim shorts.

From left to right and top to bottom: Burberry gloves; Street Style; Burberry Fall/Winter 2012 campaign; Valentino bag; Louboutin shoes; Jenny Packham dress; Isabel Marant Fall/Winter 2012; Studded loafers; Katie Nehra Simone label collection; 3.1 Phillip Lim berry wristlet; Saks ring; Topshop shorts; 3.1 Phillip Lim top; Louboutin bag; studs; studded shoes; studded trench; boots; studded DYI pockets .

Different moods: if, like me, you don’t have a very specific style that defines whether you are romantic, avant-gard or more the New Look kind of girl, you can create different personalities with your clothes the next season.

If you opt for Goth (pictures 1 and 6), Gucci tells you how to do it with loots of sheer and transparency games – in black, of course. Dolce & Gabbana created the perfect Religious woman, so if you are more into religious iconography (pictures 2 and 3), this is the perfect collection. Brocades, black, gold, hot pants, capes and cloaks with lengths that go from mini to bellow the knee.

The equestrian trend has been transversal to last Falls (pictures 9, 10 and 11). If you are into uniforms, this will be your mood. After all, who doesn’t love a quircky cap? Same thing happens to flowers. Floral is probably the most seen pattern on the catwalks for the past 4/5 seasons and it is here to stay, but this time it gains texture and less delicate flowers.

Do you remember Memoirs of a Geisha? The Samurai look has been taken to the catwalk by many designers, whether in quimono-esque dresses, large belts or patterns.

Characterized by sand tones, lots of hats, long coats and lots of fabric – leaving lots of space to imagination – the “granny” look was perfectly represented by Louis Vuitton or Marc Jacobs.

1 and 6. Gucci; 2, 3, 4 and 5. Dolce & Gabbana; . 7. Proenza Schouler; 8 and 9. Jason Wu; 10 and 11. Hermès; 12 and 13. Louis Vuitton

Which one is your mood?

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Men’s Collections: Spring/Summer 2013

Dolce & Gabbana

There were no professional models on Dolce & Gabbana’s show. As usual on their womenswear fashion shows, the designers decided to put only “real men” on the catwalk.

“Seeing a collection that ranged from Sicilian rustic to baggy, black-suited Sunday best on men of all shapes and sizes (although none of them were porkers) meant you could immediately imagine it being worn on the streets – not just in glossy editorial shoots”.  Source: Telegraph

It’s certainly a good way to sell clothes and expose clothes, making them look real, like something you can wear on your everyday life.
Lots of  horizontal stripes, polos and high waist shorts, just like you need on Summer days.

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Kenzo took sportive looks to a new level, giving utility coats a glamorous look, when paired with golf shorts, trench coats and patterned hats. It was probably one of my favorite men collections and this was my favorite suit:

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Burberry

My favorite part from Burberry’s collection was definitely, the work wear, especially the suit above. The first model came along the runway with sunglasses and looking very cool.

Not very fond of the bright colors they used for shirts and even suits, I am always a bigger fan for dark shadows in menswear. Did like the jackets with big pockets, though.

Dior Homme

The mood for Dior Homme, was more navy blue/denim. Loved the trousers, clean and minimal, with slim fits and the double breasted jackets with golden buttons, very nautical.

Probably my favorite men collection. Dior chose to reflect a chic man, who wears classic trousers and a blazer to go to work and a striped polo for a more casual event.

 These are summer of next Summer’s must-haves for man:

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H&M Fall/Winter 2012 lookbook

I must say I was suprised when I saw H&M‘s fall/winter 2012 collection. I haven’t seen such a good collection from the brand in the past two years.
Completely amazed by the styling of the lookbook: the mix of fabrics, the shiny pieces, the textures and, especially, the elegance even in sporty looks. Well done!

Elsa Barreto Spring/Summer 2012 for Mercedes Class SL

Last night I went to the Spring/Summer 2012 show from Elsa Barreto for the presentation of the new Mercedes Class SL.

To talk about the car, a word is enough: gorgeous. Perfect for the modern business woman, with a busy life during the day and lots of parties to go at night. The same word also suits the show. It was probably my favorite collection from Elsa ever (and I have been following her work very closely).

Fifties influence was clear whether on the hairstyle with soft tone hairbands or in the skirts above the knee and the peplum silhouettes. Of all the trends of the season, pleats and transparencies were the most evident. I loved the first three coral dresses, but I was overwhelmed with a yellow satin dress. Pastels (coral, green, blue, lilac) made the collection even more feminine than it already was – and femininity is mandatory on Elsa’s collections. Details like the collars used with shirts with no sleeves and English embroidery were the cherry on top of the cake.

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A noite passada fui assistir ao desfile da coleção Primavera/Verão de Elsa Barreto para a apresentação do Novo Mercedes Classe SL.

Para falar do carro, uma palavra basta: deslumbrante. Perfeito para a mulher de negócios moderna, que tem uma vida agitada durante o dia e muitas festas para ir à noite. A mesma palavra pode também adequar-se ao desfile. Foi, provavelmente, a minha coleção preferida de sempre da Elsa (e eu tenho andado atenta ao trabalho da estilista bracarense).

Foram claras as influências dos anos 50, quer nos toucados com fitas em tons suaves, como nas saias rodadas pelo joelho e nas silhuetas peplum. Das tendências da estação, sobressaíram ainda os plissados e as transparências. Adorei os 3 primeiros vestidos em coral, mas fiquei arrebatada com o vestido com folhos, em cetim, amarelo. Os tons pastel (salmão, verde, azul, lilás) só vieram ajudar a tornar as peças ainda mais femininas – o que é obrigatório nos desfiles da designer. Os colarinhos aplicados às blusas sem manga e o bordado inglês foram a cereja no topo do bolo.

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The designer Elsa Barreto with one of her models and friend, Cláudia Jacques.

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A designer Elsa Barreto com a modelo e amiga Cláudia Jacques.

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Portugal Fashion – Day 2

This post is a little late, since it was supposed to have already been published and Portugal Fashion is already over, but I have to say that I have been enjoying this beautiful sunny days, that makes you want to go out wearing a dress and a pair os sandals.

About this second day – which ended up being my only – there are only a few things to say. Storytailors was a disappointment for people who, like me, are used (and love!) seeing their princess like dresses that seem to be taken from a fairytale. Lack of quality in fabric and  lack of creativity when it comes to silhouettes, very repetitive. At least the music was good – Black Keys, Lonely boy opened the show -, such as the hair style and makeup.

After the show, right before Buchinho Knitwear, I photographed one of the models I found adorable.

Este post chega um pouco atrasado, uma vez que era suposto já ter saído ontem e o Portugal Fashion já acabou, mas confesso que tenho aproveitado estes dias de sol tão bonitos que já dão vontade de andar de vestido e sandálias.

Em relação a este segundo dia – que acabou por ser o meu único – há só algumas coisas a dizer. Storytailors foi a desilusão da noite para pessoas que, como eu, estão habituadas (e gostam!) a ver vestidos tipo princesa que parecem saídos de um conto de fadas. Pouca qualidade nos tecidos e pouca criatividade nas silhuetas que eram todas muito repetitivas. Salvaram-se a banda sonora – Black Keys, Lonely boy a abrir o desfile – , os cabelos e as maquilhagens.

À saída do desfile, antes de Buchinho Knitwear, consegui fotografar uma das modelos, que é adorável.

I believe that, at this point, many of you are already tired of looking at the show pictures, so I will only show you some of the few ones I took.

Acredito que, a esta altura, muitos de vocês já se fartaram de ver fotos dos desfiles, por isso vou colocar apenas algumas das que tirei.

The collection Luís Buchinho Knitwear was presented in the alternative space, but had the main highlight. It was, undoubtedly, the best show of the night. In shades of blue, green and burgundy , the designer showed us how to rock knit with different materials, without loosing glamour. I loved every single piece, especially the peplum jackets and a green suit, on the pictures below.

A coleção Luís Buchinho Knitwear foi apresentada no espaço alternativo, mas teve o destaque principal. Foi, sem dúvida, o momento alto da noite. Em tons de azul, verde e burgundi, o designer mostrou como a malha pode ser conjugada com os mais diferentes materiais sem perdermos o glamour. Adorei todas as peças, especialmente os casacos em silhueta peplum e o fato verde numa das fotos abaixo.

I will post some pictures I took between the shows tomorrow. There were some seriously stylish people.

Below there is a picture of me and the girls, published by the sweethearts from the fashion blog Streetlights.pt.

Amanhã vou publicar algumas fotos que tirei no intervalo dos desfiles. Havia pessoas com muito estilo!

Em baixo está uma foto minha com as meninas, publicada pelos queridos do blog de moda Streelights.pt.

From left to right: Sílvia, me and Viviana

Da esquerda para a direita: Sílvia, eu e Viviana.