Não há melhor palavra para descrever os portugueses. O lambswool é uma malha fofinha e quentinha e que dá com tudo, discreta como este respeitável cidadão.

Portugal é um dos países mais simpáticos do mundo, o que à partida é um grande elogio. Sorrimos muito, falamos várias línguas e somos muito bons a receber. O que também só abona a nosso favor. O português está por todo o lado, mas passa quase sempre despercebido, qual camaleão, integrando-se de surra nas sociedades onde decide fixar-se. Trabalhador, a sua entrega e dedicação é louvada do hemisfério norte ao hemisfério sul. Não se dá por ele. À falta de designação de origem controlada diz-se que é um povo bonito como os italianos, espanhóis, gregos ou franceses. Jantar num restaurante português é uma delícia, um sossego. Fala-se baixo e ninguém incomoda o vizinho do lado. O português não incomoda ninguém. Está ali sentadinho no seu rectângulo com os pés de molho no mar, desenha círculos na água mas não faz ondas. No vestir é um exemplo. Com os seus tons neutros não agride a vista e a sua paleta de cores funde-se com o cinzento da calçada, o castanho das paredes e o azul-bebé do céu. Portugal é um exemplo, vê-se que foi à catequese. Não há governante que não gostasse de ter um povo assim.

Carlos Tomé Sousa

Style Out Lisbon


Musicians and designer clothes take to the stage in a renovated Lisbon venue for a night of celebration and for the occasion of Lisbon Fashion Week’s 50th edition.

The location were once was what many called the Lisbon Broadway hosts tonight a special evening combining music and fashion. Capitólio, a renovated theatre, will be the stage where artists like Ana Matronic, D’Alva, Surma and Emmanuelle will play and sashay wearing designs by some of the most offbeat Portuguese designers at Moda Lisboa, as Lisbon Fashion Week is better known. “We are thrilled to announce Ana Matronic – best known as the lone female member of pop phenomenon Scissor Sisters who will be debuting her new music exclusively in Lisbon, ahead of her album release this year”, reads the press release referring to the woman who will headlining the gig. Valentim Quaresma is the designer whose garments and ornaments Ana Matronic will be wearing on stage.Music plays an important role in the career of this accessories designer and was always there since the beginning, particularly in his joint work with Ana Salazar, the pioneer of Portuguese fashion design, for whom he designed accessories for more than 20 years and where music was an important element that added up to the avant-garde style of both. We are curious to see whether he will go for metal accessories, the material he is best at it, or whether he will go for other materials he has been experimenting with in recent times. 

Kiddy Smile, a French DJ and fashion provocateur as he is often referred to, and his vogue dancers will be wearing Patrick de Padua, a designer who knows Lisbon nightlife well, who deejays now and then in Lisbon clubs, and whose garments embody that clubbing spirit. D’Alva will be wearing Luis de Carvalho, a designer who likes to dig in the music scene archives to get inspiration for some of his clothes and where pop and elegance go hand in hand. Surma chose Carla Campos to come up with the garments for her dream pop performance. Brazil-born Emamnuelle and Soulwax protege will be wearing Ricardo Andrez, a designer with that pop and indie attitude who is good at designing smart garments but with than penchant for disruptive looks and styling. Kokeshi, part of DJ duo   Heartbreakerz, will be wearing Duarte. Style Out Loud is brought by Street Style Creative, based in Berlin and with a small office in Lisbon. Its mission is there “to connect the dots between fans, customers, influencers, performers, designers, brands, products and technologies via engaging events, content and digital everything”.

Moda Lisboa 50

This event marks the kick off of Moda Lisboa an event celebrating its 50th edition. Ideated by Eduarda Abbondanza and Mário Matos Ribeiro in the early 90’s, Moda Lisboa showcases twice a year what’s best in Portuguese designer fashion. Links to music and the Lisbon scene have been there since the beginning from the early days when offbeat clubbers, designers, visual artists, musicians and the lot walked hand in hand exploring new means of expression 20 years after the end of fascism in a country and where a new generation was eager to come up with its own vision of the world and of fashion for the sake of it.

Carlos Tomé Sousa

There’s a light that never goes out

Lisbon Fashion Week celebrates its October edition under the motto Luz (Light) on a new venue, this time in the heart of one of Lisbon’s most beautiful parks thus shining again a light through fashion on iconic places and buildings in the Portuguese capital.

Twenty three fashion shows by both Portuguese designers and brands and a pop-up store offering national products mark the October edition of Moda Lisboa as the Lisbon Fashion Week is better known, the name of the association in charge of this event since 1991. Pavilion Carlos Lopes on Parque Eduardo VII is the new venue for the shows that start on Friday 6 with Patrick de Padua, a designer who focus on menswear with a twist for club nights and laidback days. The show goes on with Duarte, followed by Sangue Novo where new talents will show their designs, followed by Lidija Kolovrat who combines her fine art of print with garments with avant-garde attitude, the very same avant-garde penchant that is there in the jewels designed by Valentim Quaresma who follows next and who, after decades focusing mostly on metal has been betting recently on different materials. The first day ends with Ricardo Preto known for his  fine tailoring for men and women.

Saturday kicks off with Imauve + Carolina Machado followed by David Ferreira, the designer famed for his extravaganza on the catwalk and who caught the eye of Björk, the Icelandic gnome who wore one his dresses at a concert in London in 2016. Awaytomars show is scheduled for 4.30 P.M. where you will be given the opportunity to see the result of the joint work of this project that gathers creative minds from all over the world. Nuno Gama comes next, one of the most renowned menswear designers in the country and who cleverly combines his fine tailoring with national imagery for contemporary men. After this star of menswear comes Aleksandar Protic who sure knows how to design relaxed but elegant garments for women. Come October temperatures are usually still high for the beachwear of Brazilian brand Cia. Maritima. Ricardo Andrez comes next with his elegant and modern interpretations of menswear that have conquered the heats and mind in Spain where he was awarded both prizes and showed his collections before becoming a regular presence at Moda Lisboa. Christophe Sauvat comes after with his garments that attract a growing boho audience. Day two ends with Dino Alves, a designer famous for his regular work in the area of performing arts dressing a myriad of artists for number of shows, events and the lot.

Day three begins with Morecco followed by Nair Xavier x Diniz Cruz where we will be given the opportunity to see what has changed in Nair’s work considering her work with the brand Dielmar where she improved her tailoring skills. Around 4 P.M. shoes take centre stage with the show by shoe brand Eureka, a brand known for regularly inviting Portuguese designers to develop shoes for its stores and which offers great designs at affordable prices. Shows continue with Olga Noronha, followed by Nadir Tati and later with Luis Carvalho who focused on the 70/80’s new wave last season. The show by menswear store Mustra precedes the show by Filipe Faísca the designer who masters the fine art of making women look extremely sexy with his designs.

In-between shows Wonder Room gives you the opportunity to see and buy Portuguese design from men’s grooming by Antiga Barbearia de Bairro, shirts with a vintage touch by Daniela Ponto Final or groovy bags by Fluo just to name a few.

Carlos Tomé Sousa

Portugal in Briefs – Moral Grounds

By now you have heard of Portugal or you are living or holidaying here. Despite the number of foreigners these people insist on speaking their own language which makes it harder for you to understand what is going on. But we are here to help and we will do our best to provide a regular insight on what’s hot in the country at the moment.

July – Moral grounds

One of the hottest debates in the social media these days in Portugal revolves around the statements by a reputable doctor who claimed in an interview homosexuality is an anomaly and Cristiano Ronaldo a moral villain for having resorted to surrogacy to have three kids. Abortion is also an issue the man is strongly against. You probably won’t hear people talking about it much in the bus but if you take a look at the comment boxes in the online world you will see two clear sides of the divide. It is not easy to be a Portuguese these days, particularly when you grow older. Despite the best efforts to keep some order in the country the place is a mess. Where once there were households respecting the moral values of ore and the sanctity of family there are now men living with men, women kissing women, girls shagging like mad and making abortions and personalities having babies made in pairs. And it is not easy to be a catholic either. After centuries standing up for some standards now even the Pope claims people shall love who they want and thinks divorce is not that bad. As for the abortion at least there seems to be common ground between the hardcore catholics and the laidback Pope. It is not easy for a country to see such abrupt changes. Should men marry men, women make abortions and athletes order babies abroad then the native population might reduce dramatically (which in the case of homosexuality could be a good solution for the world’s overpopulation according to a witty text by Brazilian Porta dos Fundos’ comedian Gregório Duvivier). Now you know what is afflicting the man and heating the debate.

Carlos Tomé Sousa

ARCO returns to Lisbon

Photo: Rodrigo Gatinho

One of the world’s major contemporary at fairs returns to Lisbon from 18 to 21 May. The success of the previous edition, the existence of a booming art scene in Lisbon with new museums and galleries and the fact that Lisbon is now an appealing place for affluent world citizens were some of the reasons behind the decision to host ArcoLisboa 2017.

Lisbon takes center stage once again this year with ArcoLisboa, the second edition of a contemporary art fair that took thousands last year to the main building of Cordoaria Nacional and to a number of galleries scattered throughout the city. ArcoLisboa 2017 relies this year on the presence of 58 galleries from 13 countries, 8 of which are part of a new program under the name Opening and focusing on galleries less than seven years old. ArcoLisboa, which opens to the press and guests on May 17, was preceded one day before by a major open doors event at MAAT, the new museum of art and technology and whose architecture stands out right by the river and opposite to the main building where ArCO takes place once again. The location couldn´t be better, according to the organisation, considering the proximity with MAAT, the Electricity Museum and the exhibition of Oporto’s Museu Serralves collection just a couple of meters away.

Portugal will be rely on the presence of some of the most important galleries in the country from Cristina Guerra, Pedro Cera or Vera Cortês to Murias Centeno, Quadrado Azul, Fernando Santos or Pedro Oliveira along with the international galleries such as Elba Benítez, Juana de Aizpuru, Giorgio Persano, Nueveochenta, Vermelho, Monitor, Zak Branicka among others.

Museums will be represented also in this event by some of its representatives who will meet in a Meeting of European Museums and a meeting of Iberian-American museum directors for the occasion of Lisbon Iberian-American Capital of Culture 2017. This private meeting between directors of some of the world’s most important museums is commonplace at ArcoMadrid, the parent event that takes place every year in Madrid and which relies regularly and since the beginning on a strong presence of Portuguese visitors and Portuguese artists and galleries.

These are just some of the events that will move the city for nearly a week, offering art dealers and buyers the chance to discover some of the most interesting projects in contemporary art on the grounds of ARCO and in a number of galleries and side events taking place in Lisbon.

ArcoLisboa comes at a time when Lisbon is attracting hordes of tourists and affluent world citizens who now seek Lisbon as one of the preferred cities to buy a second or third home. Monica Bellucci, Eric Cantona or Michael Fassbender are just some of the names of prominent artists who are now a regular presence in the city after moving here for long periods of time. Even Madonna was spotted in Lisbon these days and was apparently here when the country celebrated the 100th year of the sighting of Fatima’s Madonna. These artists and the number of affluent people settling here, particularly French, was pointed out by the organisation of ARCO as a factor that could be there to assist the Portuguese art market.

Carlos Tomé Sousa