By the basic rules of a menu, we should refer to Sangue Novo supported by Seaside, the first show of the 61st Lisboa Fashion Week, as an Entrée. But there are two reasons why we won’t: the first is that each of the ten young selected Designers is much more than a simple introduction. The second is that we’ve never really liked following rules.
Analysing these ten collections is also about listening to the vision of the new generation of Fashion Design for the present and future of the area — and, consequently, the identity and social issues that are currently driving creation.
The projects, materialised with the support of ModaLisboa’s textile partnerships (Calvelex/Fabrics4Fashion, RDD Textiles and Riopele), have a transversal concern with the use of manufacturing processes with less environmental impact. In addition to the usual deadstock and upcycling, the young Designers use prints made from natural processes, mono-materials, natural fibres, recyclable materials and 3D prints. As for the concept, the interpretation of reality unfolds in awe of the new — be it as simple as a texture or as complex as a fictional world — metamorphosis and transformation, identity that transcends what is static, gentrification and even the beauty of routine.
On October 6, 2023, MODALISBOA À LA CARTE will receive the ten projects from the competition, which will once again be supported by Seaside, and on the same day it will announce the five finalists who, in March 2024, will compete for the IED – Istituto Europeo di Design and RDD Textiles awards. The five Designers, who will be represented in the Showpress showroom from now on, will receive a thousand euros to work on their next collection, as well as mentoring sessions with the judging panel.