Angola reigned at Moda Lisboa fashion week, writes contributor Declan Eytan for ‘Forbes’. Moda Lisboa, as he accurately points out “is the bi-annual event in which Portugal’s fashion capital Lisbon gets to show what its local fashion industry is all about”. And, this 44th edition, Angola stole the show.
“Luanda-based Nadir Tati presented her collection, which was themed “40 Years Of Independence”, for the first time at ModaLisboa. The collection saw the use of ankara fabric – which is often favored by African designers – in addition to a number of sheer evening looks, plus a full dress and matching headscarf in native Angolan style, that made for the ultimate show stopper”, writes Declan Eytan, adding that “Angola’s presence was also felt on the runway outside of Tati’s show. Internationally sought-after models, discovered in the former Portuguese colony, strutted down the square-shaped catwalk for a variety of designers. Portuguese creative director Miguel Vieira – whose offerings for fall consist of high necklines for her, double-breasted suits for him, in dark hues of bordeaux and black – was one of the many local designers to cast Angolan newcomer Amilna Estevão for his show”.
You may read the entire article here. (Models Fabio Tavares, Amilna Estevao and Fernando Cabral backstage at Miguel Vieira. Photo Credits: Bernardo Coelho)