lisbon fashion week: v!tor

(images via portugal confidential)

yes, we’re still focusing on lisbon fashion week, but i promise we’ve almost completed the event, so now comes the time we’ve all been looking forward to when we get to zero in on some of opt’s highlight picks. we haven’t yet encountered the house of v!tor, but the brand’s a/w 2013 range was one of my personal moda lisboa favourites.

anyway, when queried about this season’s inspiration by the blog daily moda lisboa, the designer explained that (trans.) “(t)his collection continues the path of designing a perfect world. We started with nothing and no justification for seeking a number of elements that need not be explained, are part of this world. With the idea that world now complete, we are drawing a perfect religion for us. New deities, new environments for a religion free and positive. Because everything should be.”

and in further clarifying that (or at least a little bit), portugal confidential summed up the inspiration as “V!tology – creating a new religion without stigmas…only good energy. In this church bold black and white stripes rule!  However, it is an inclusive sect of poker playing dogs, happy unicorns, festive shrimp and karma kitties,” while the blog trends looks declared that the (trans.) “all-over prints…[had] divine and mystical interpretation.” oh. fabulous.

they also carried on to describe how (again, trans.) “(t)echnological fabrics, [such as] sublimation jersey hoodies are worked with the brand’s characteristic touch,” while the portuguese site maxima explained that the collection’s cartoon-like prints (which pretty much all seemed the aforementioned cute animals, like kitties, pugs, and horses) represent (trans.) “the new deities,” so i don’t know, maybe it was a commentary on worshiping the heros of you tube, like grumpy cat? but seriously, i can always take more charming little animals, and maybe less celebrities.

but anyway, the clothes. the portuguese site mini-saia related that the prints were part of a collaboration with the illustrator karen klink, and that the knitwear was a bit part of the story for fall. i very much liked the almost japanese-esque complex drapes and folds on the bold, knitted black-and-white pieces, and i loved that the designers were unafraid to mix prints, textures, and graphics, and even any kind of deep theme aside, i would imagine this collection has a lot of legs, not only for the kawaii quality, but the comfort of the cocoon-like knitwear and the overall quirk and charm of the unique pieces themselves (see some additional runway images at sewing machine).

(enjoy the full collection video here)

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