COLLECTION| Daniela Barros & Joao Melo Costa

This season, Portugal fashion showcased two of their most talented contemporary designers on the Fashion Scout catwalk. 

Daniela Barros opened Portugal’s showcase with a collection of geometric, casually tailored designs complete with fluid elements. Fabric manipulation features heavily throughout Barros’ collection, with oversized tailoring giving way to draping and asymmetry in garments which promote innovation and experimentation. Barros describes her design process as being somewhere in the middle of truth and theatre, her designs are minimal with stylized manipulated features. Barros’ collection features a limited colour palette in neutral tones, with a simple lined print breaking up black and white looks. A highlight of Barros’ collection came in the form of giant, oversized leather clutch bags and backpacks perfectly complementing her minimalist style. 

Joao Melo Costa closed the Portugal showcase with a collection rich in colour and texture. Costa’s collection takes inspiration from products of the earth with paper-like fabrics gracing the catwalk complete with tie-side detailing and nature-inspired floral prints featured alongside almost three dimensional necklines. Harsh textures provide an occasional contrast to the predominantly lightweight fabrics in Costa’s overtly tactile collection. Completed with an array of brightly coloured ruffled garments taking to the catwalk, it was a combinations of vibrant colours including lime green and shocking pink. Oversized ruffles take centre stage in Costa’s collection which provides a lesson in texture and print alike.

By Charlotte Muscat, (@CharlotteLM9).
Photos by Kathryn Younger.