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Lisbon Fashion Week coverage 2016

Backstage moments from ModaLisboa

There’s beauty in the chaos that goes on backstage. Skirt hems flutter past in the mad rush to get changed. Wild heels score the floors. Models stand in a line-up of final looks becoming a still pageant of texture and colour. And in the down moments, they sleep like silent angels or make mundane tasks like eating or texting look graceful. At the spring /…

Backstage at ModaLisboa S/S '16
Backstage at ModaLisboa S/S '16
Backstage at ModaLisboa S/S '16
Backstage at ModaLisboa S/S '16
Backstage at ModaLisboa S/S '16
Backstage at ModaLisboa S/S '16
Backstage at ModaLisboa S/S '16
Backstage at ModaLisboa S/S '16

How to wear black lace – any day, any time

A see-through dress made from black lace may sound like solely the domain of the evening. Especially if you add thigh-baring side slits into the equation. But such a piece can be made to suit any day, any time, if you dress it down with grace. Off-duty model Francisca Perez nailed it completely during ModaLisboa in Lisbon. A pair of masculine flats kept the whole…

Gingham checks made effortless: in Lisbon

Her ballerina-like topknot and glossy red lips may have been the beautiful remains of a ModaLisboa show, but model off duty Alexandra Nefedova happened to also rock the perfectly on the street. A low-buttoned gingham shirt tucked nonchalantly into a pair of skinny jeans was an easy accompaniment to gold chandelier earrings and bold makeup.

The model and the melted sky: ModaLisboa

There’s a particular time of day where the sky over the Rio Tejo in Lisbon turns a rainbow of melted sorbet. The light may be dim and not ideal for photographing a subject all in black, but then, such an outfit really only serves to compliment the sky even more. This off duty model posed for me on day 2 of the fall / winter…

Flag-bearers & falcons: backstage at Nuno Gama

Whether Nuno Gama’s fall 2015 show at ModaLisboa carried much historical accuracy isn’t worth the enquiry. The collection – inspired by Portugal’s discovery era – had value enough in entertainment and aesthetics to warrant all creative liberties taken by its creator. What Gama put together was a cast of characters that included captains and crusaders, sailors and sea-monsters, even a cameo from famed one-eye-blind Portuguese…

Backstage at Nuno Gama F/W '15
Backstage at Nuno Gama F/W '15
Backstage at Nuno Gama F/W '15
Backstage at Nuno Gama F/W '15
Backstage at Nuno Gama F/W '15
Backstage at Nuno Gama F/W '15
Backstage at Nuno Gama F/W '15
Backstage at Nuno Gama F/W '15

Gritty pretty: Backstage at ModaLisboa

Some faces are just too perfect not to cause your lens to gravitate towards them, voluntarily or involuntarily. And some moments, when said face happens to glance up at just the right second, are equally so. This shot was from backstage on day 3 of the fall / winter 2015 edition of ModaLisboa, where pretty red lips and gritty army styling found themselves in a…

At Valentim Quaresma: ModaLisboa

Valentim Quaresma isn’t in the business of designing jewellery: he’s in the business of creating fantasy worlds. Every runway he presents at ModaLisboa is a new expression of some rich and dark fantasy, where the borders of art and fashion aren’t so much blurred as all together smashed apart, and where jewellery becomes a form of armour. Yesterday’s fall / winter 2015 show was no…

Liliana Santos: at ModaLisboa

Portuguese actress Liliana Santos knows the value of a messy chignon and a statement ear cuff. Keeping everything else simple and minimal, she wore this ensemble to day 2 of the fall / winter 2015 edition of ModaLisboa.

Body parts: on the runway at Olga Noronha, ModaLisboa

Questioning the line between the body and what adorns it, Olga Noronha’s models were dotted with lines that seemed to instruct, cut here. The nude sheets of fabric carried the lines as well as did the models’ faces, and the runway occasionally slipped into performance art when a model would stop and, indeed, have her fabric sheath momentarily cut apart with a pair of scissors…

Vick Correia: at ModaLisboa

Yesterday marked the beginning of ModaLisboa‘s fall 2015 edition. Under the sweeping arches that line the city’s Praça do Comércio, models walked and stood and smoked and waited. Portuguese face Vick Correia was one of them.

The waiting game: at ModaLisboa

The life of a model is calms and storms: lots of hectic rushing around from show to show, being ushered into hair and makeup and rendered a whirlwind of moving outfit changes, and then – waiting. This shot of two models was photographed at ModaLisboa spring 2015.

A bold blue beauty look you can dare to wear

Some beauty looks, breathtaking as they are, seem best reserved for runways and special occasions. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get inspired by them. Take this bold blue eyemakeup look formed of dark cat-eye lines, vibrant aqua pencil at the waterline, and lashings of electric blue mascara. It’s an update on mod beauty you can wear out at night, or play down to more…

Candid moments: Mauro Viana at ModaLisboa

ModaLisboa, being far more relaxed than most fashion weeks, is a perfect place for standing in wait until those candid moments present themselves for capturing. Passing through the crowd, with a calm demeanour belying the wild, matted strands of hair as remnants of a show just passed, was Portuguese model Mauro Viana (@ We Are Models). Thank God for coffee breaks.

Orange hair, orange robe: at ModaLisboa

Outside the backstage entrance at ModaLisboa, this red-haired off duty model was getting a breath of fresh air in an officially supplied, vibrant orange and red robe. If ever there was any doubt that such a colour palette could work magnificently against natural copper hair tones, they were instantly dispelled.

Backstage at ModaLisboa, spring 2015

It was a good day to be backstage. For one, Nuno Gama’s epic closing show was to include 80 male models, most of whom were milling about waiting for their call time. I was hardly going to complain about that. Secondly, Valentim Quaresma’s unique creations – intricate pieces of body jewellery made from clips and skulls and other curiosities – were being adorned onto bodies…

Backstage at ModaLisboa, S/S '15
Backstage at ModaLisboa, S/S '15
Backstage at ModaLisboa, S/S '15
Backstage at ModaLisboa, S/S '15
Backstage at ModaLisboa, S/S '15
Backstage at ModaLisboa, S/S '15
Backstage at ModaLisboa, S/S '15
Backstage at ModaLisboa, S/S '15

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