- WOMENSWEAR -
Then it comes to fashion trends - one can always choose wether to follow or not. It is a common mistake to think that trend is synonymous word to “rule”, but fashion never really has rules or boundaries - it is entirely your own show. Trend is no more than mutual vision reflecting in number of garments, it is rather suggesting an idea than giving you advice of how to be cool this season. At least this is how I like to think about it.
As ModaLisboa has closed its doors till next season, here is a list of ideas how to update your wardrobe for the next autumn/winter.
|| Colour Blocking
Colour blocking is such an architectural approach to fashion. Wether it’s subtile hues of grey or loud primary colours - mixing them together always turns into some kind of optical illusion. Proportions can be changed within a single garment, being strong enough not to require much more to make the outfit interesting, three-dimensional. Filipe Faísca reminded how pretty black and white mix can be, saymyname used red as a glamorous accent and awaytomars mastered casual minimalism like nobody else. Colour blocking was all over the runway for AW 16/17 so I guess it is worth trying.
|| Elongated Sleeves
Think back to those times when you stretched your jumper’s sleeves by using it as gloves for your frozen fingers - now, instead of rolling anything up, extra long sleeves are meant to be hanging. This trend has been around since last year and looks like it’s not going anywhere - from narrow to wide flares. Seen at Ricardo Andrez, Pedro Pedro, Dino Alves and others.
From fur stoles - that lately became a must-have accessory, to cuff details and oversized coats - nothing really speaks cold season as much as a bit of Fur. There was something for everyone: those who like the real thing and those who like faux better - it doesn’t really matter as long as you wish to have some hairy texture in your outfit. Ricardo Andrez showed many styles where fur detail in various colours added interesting texture and overall excitement to his streetwear-meets-luxury collection. Carlos Gil paired fur cuffs with light lace, giving an impression of winter gloves, and who will forget the moment that oversized pink/white/red coat walked the runway at David Ferreira? Glamour overload.
When winter climate is as unpredictable as here in Portugal - mastering how to layer your clothes totally make sense. Wearing dress over the pants is no longer a big deal and basic rule to start your outfit with thin fabrics and finish with something bulky is not really a rule anymore. A vest on top of a blazer on top of oversized shirt on top of skirt or pants - that is the combination to try next season. Have you ever tried to wear your boots over wide leg pants? As weird as it sounds - now it’s the time to try this combination on. For your layering inspiration check Pedro Pedro, Carlos Gil and Ricardo Andrez among others.
Now this is in not for everyone, but showing off boobies was a bit of a hit during this fashion week. Covered with sheer layer of lace or tulle (as if that reduced the global fear of “the female nipple”) or simply exposed by wearing a micro top where minimal coverage is expected from coat edges swinging around - all for an inspiration to maybe consider showing off something more. Doesn’t have to be so direct, think of those beautiful triangle lace bras (that has been all over instagram flat-lays) under a sheer layer of chiffon or loose knit cashmere turtleneck - it is more about the statement.
Seen at Carlos Gil, Ricardo Andrez, Alexandra Moura and Nadir Tati and others.
Quilting is imperative technique for winter and it's one of the best things to keep you warm during the cold season. Despite the traditional squared pattern that is usually applied on jackets and coats, saymyname has offered some delicate waves and Pedro Pedro suggested that quilting is not solely for the top garments - quilted pants looks great too.
|| Relaxed Fit
Winter fashions usually more in favour of oversized items - from sweaters, coats, furs to all the accessories like huge scarves, caps and gloves, so I guess relaxed fit is also convenient, especially with all the holiday season etc. Highest quality fabrics (so much cashmere that it deserves to be "hashtaged"), mainly in bold colours rather than prints, impeccably tailored yet loosened up for comfort. Save sharp tailoring for the spring.
Some gorgeous examples to check out at Luís Carvalho, Kolovrat and Miguel Vieira.
For full galleries of the AW 16/17 collections click HERE.