The 43rd edition of Portugal Fashion returns to Porto Customs this Thursday and during three days 35 fashion shows are scheduled at the fashion event that ends Saturday with the collection “30” by Júlio Torcato.
Of the 35 parades, one of the author’s fashion – 18 individual creators and two creative doubles -, others with ready-to-wear lines – seven clothing brands – and footwear and accessories collections (eight brands) The first edition of Portugal Fashion closes on Saturday with the celebration of the 30 year career of the designer Júlio Torcato.
Júlio Torcato invited 30 people who marked a certain moment of his career to intervene in a garment of collection “30” that will be presented in the building of the Port Customs from 23:00 Saturday.
Ana Deus (singer), Pedro Guedes (model), Miguel Viana (hairdresser), Antónia Rosa (makeup artist), Inês Torcato (designer and daughter of Julio), Miguel Flor (‘designer’ and former Portugal Fashion), Frederico Martins (photographer), Nelson Vieira (fashion producer), Rúben Rua (model) or Zé Manel (Fingertips singer) are just some of the 30 guests.
“Thirty people who have marked their moments in these 30 years have been invited.” Thirty pieces taken from what remains of these 30 years have been chosen, each guest intervening in a play with complete freedom, transforming it, reinterpreting it without rules. to complement these 30 surprise pieces, “says Júlio Torcato, assuming that the date is a sharing with friends, but also” marks a moment of reflection, of searching for new languages, evolution and change. ”
Another of the novelties of the 43rd edition of Portugal Fashion is the return of the designer Maria Gambina, who has been away for five years from the catwalks to dedicate herself to teaching, as well as the debut in the Porto fashion event of the pair Marques’Almeida ( who was recently in fashion week in Paris), Sophia Kah (present in London fashion week), Rita Sá (‘bloomer’) and also Cristina Ferreira, television presenter who will show her brand of footwear and accessories CF Cristina.
“It’s a poster that reflects the vitality of Portuguese fashion and Portugal Fashion,” says Mónica Neto, a spokeswoman for Portugal Fashion, an event organized by the Association of Young Entrepreneurs of Portugal (ANJE).
In this edition, Portugal Fashion (PF) also sells solidarity gifts from the Ronald McDonald Children’s Foundation, and this time the designer who wore the two solidarity dolls – Maria and Pedro – was Nuno Baltazar.
The sale of the two solidarity dolls, built with pieces of 100% Portuguese fabric, at 35 euros each, will revert to the Ronald McDonald Foundation, which currently supports more than 2,500 families in Portugal.
Those who purchase the dolls couple Maria and Pedro will be able to watch in the front row at any parade of their choice included in the alignment of the 43rd edition of Portugal Fashion, according to the organization.
Portugal Fashion starts at the end of the morning of Thursday, in the Alfândega do Porto building, with the first fashion shows taking place within the Bloom space, a platform for the event to promote young designers and fashion schools.
The day continues in Vila do Conde, where at 7:00 p.m., at the Cães de Pedra textile facility, the Decenio brand presents its spring / summer 2019 collection, followed by the Lion of Porches brand, whose parade is scheduled for 20:00.
To close the first day, Portugal Fashion returns to the Customs of Porto where the spring / summer 2019 collections of the designers are presented Carla Pontes (21:30), Susana Bettencourt (22:00) and TM Teresa Martins (23:00 ).
Names like the pair Alves / Gonçalves, Carlos Gil, Diogo Miranda, Fly London, Hugo Costa, Luís Buchinho, Luís Onofre, Nuno Baltasar, Diogo Miranda or Miguel Vieira, Katty Xiomara, Storytailors, among others, will also spend in the next three days by the Oporto Customs Building.
Portugal Fashion is co-financed by Portugal 2020 under the Compete 2020 Operational Program for Competitiveness and Internationalization, with funds from the European Regional Development Fund.
For the period 2017-2018 the approved amount of financing was “approximately four million euros,” said Monica Neto.