It makes sense for a Portuguese designer such as Filipe Augusto, born in Trás-os-Montes, to look back at Portuguese costumes when in search of inspiration. A sense of contemporary coolness has always been tied to his designs, but the tribute to his own roots made even more sense after chatting with him about the latest collection backstage.
“One of the inspirations came from the scarves usually seen worn on older ladies in Portugal,” he told ZOOT. “Not necessarily the scarf itself but rather the little tied knots seen on their looks.” If you pay attention, you too will see a pattern in the styling elements alluding to these associations, such as in the scarves and necklaces or on the pieces with twisted details, seen in some of the skirts and in one of the black sheer jumpsuits.
To balance it out, Filipe brought elements of artistic gymnastics and ice skating by incorporating tighter silhouettes for some of the tops, experimenting with the use of both lycra and lurex.
“It’s that idea of fusing the aesthetics of the masculine with feminine silhouettes […] that is already an identity that the brand have always come to demonstrate.”
– Filipe Augusto
To that end, we got backless tank tops, more jumpsuits and the right amount of skin—perpetuating this play on gender Filipe talks about.
“I see myself in the pieces I draw, and the collection is for anyone that feels comfortable enough to want to wear them too.” He concludes, leaving us with yet another optimistic and colorful collection. Filipe’s free-spirited mind is a refreshing addition to Lisbon’s fashion scene and it’s an exciting time for such a young designer to leave his mark.
View the complete collection here at ModaLisboa.