Dear Shaded Viewers,
Working against the idea of opulent glamor, Pedro Pedro presented a youthful and charming collection in Lisbon, using relaxed and utilitarian shapes, mixed with unusual fabric combinations. References to outdoor life kept popping-up during the show, reminding us of pleasant rural escapes, while the award-winning Portuguese designer created an interesting dialogue between genuine and man-made. His use of quilting felt new, resulting in substantial outerwear and everyday staples, such as cocoon coats, wide pants and matching jackets. Colored checks were -for once- not given the grunge treatment, and longer skirts evoked the prim and proper style of the Bloomsbury Set. The 1920s were, in fact, one of the show's key directions, with an androgynous and dynamic feel. A fluid velvet dress worn with a loose felt coat looked timeless and smart. It was refreshing to see a young Portuguese designer embrace restrained lines and a more modest approach towards femininity.