DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT SS15| Daniela Barros & Joao Melo Costa

Bringing together urban and elegant in amazingly deconstructed garments, Portuguese designer Daniela Barros has been drawing attention of the international industry for her ability to form a perfect balance between minimalist shapes and androgynous oversized creations. The designer, who graduated from Porto University in 2008, has shown her pieces in the runways of Lisbon, Vienna, Paris and London.
Working with the contrast between strong geometric shapes and the delicate balance and movement of the materials used, Barros creates conceptual pieces that are greatly inspired by the self and philosophical concepts. The designer, who has as creative director of Portuguese brands Hush Puppies and Heavy Jeans, creates three-dimensional shapes that emanate an aura resting between ethereal and powerful, and is sure to bring strong and interesting new looks to the catwalk this season.

Joao Melo Costa is a graduate of the Arts University of Porto. Presenting his first collection in Portugal, he was nominated for best new talent in the fashion awards Portugal.   Having also showcased his collection in New York, Barcelona and Madrid to name a few, we look forward to seeing his work on the Fashion Scout catwalk.

Last season, "Joao Melo Costa opened his show with round shoulders and diamante encrusted sleeves. Starchy materials gave garments an oversized fit and contrasted an array of fluid ankle slit trousers. Pinstripe was a key feature throughout and was used in both dresses and two piece trouser suits. Models graced the catwalk in identical flatform shoes adding yet another androgynous aura to proceedings. Oversized ensembles included a ginger coloured embellished top with fluid trousers and a mini skirt and oversized jacket complete with leather tasseling." (Charlotte Muscat, Fashion Scout contributor).

Daniela Barros & Joao Melo Costa will be showcasing on the Fashion Scout catwalk together on Friday 12th September at 16:30.

By Biju Belinky, Contributor, (@bijubelinky).
Images, courtesy of Daniela Barros & Joao Melo Costa.