Dear Shaded Viewers,
A newcomer on the ModaLisboa calendar, Ana Duarte is a Lisbon native and only in her 20s. She presented a dynamic and upbeat show during BOUNDLESS, inspired by skaters, snowboarding gear and graphic sportswear. Duarte combined hand-knit pieces in stark black and fire engine red with more casual styles, finding an interesting balance between wearable and experimental. Some of her jackets were dramatic and sculptural, while her coats and dresses were more user-friendly. A standout belted bathrobe coat in light gray was trimmed with plush faux fur and lined in contrasting wool, making it a desirable outerwear proposal. Most of Duarte’s garments were, in fact, genderless, echoing the aesthetics of 1960s Pierre Cardin. It will be good to see how Duarte’s voice develops in the near future, but this was a promising outing for a new Portuguese talent.