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London Hearts Portugal

Meet the Portugese designers making a splash in the UK

Published on June 21st 2011.

London Hearts Portugal


LISBON native Sara Lamúrias founded aforest-design in 2003 after completing a degree in architecture and fashion design. Lamúrias is known for creating eye-catching designs on the catwalk – check out her double pairs of sneakers and glasses from the SS11 ModaLisboa. Unfortunately for us her UK offerings are more on the tame side.

Whilst collaborations with Nike and João Machado haven’t made their way to the UK, Yoox.com sells a selection of aforest-design’s shorts. Casual and affordable, the white cotton shorts are ideal for Portuguese summers, but equally appropriate for those glorious British days when the sun makes an appearance. A small selection of bags and accessories are also available through the company’s bigcartel store including a couple of tan leather satchels that are the perfect vintage style addition to an outfit. There’s some great items available here including the defined black Bermuda shorts, but don’t spend too much time on the Portuguese website or else you’ll find yourself craving items not available in the UK.

See the Autumn/Winter collection shown at Moda Lisboa here.

White TentWhite Tent


White Tent

With strong ethics concerning the environment and people involved in fashion production, Evgenia Tabakova and Pedro Noronha-Feio created White Tent to have a real sense of social responsibility.

While SS11 may be all about pale blues, greys and creams in fluid outerwear and cropped trousers, White Tent’s AW11/12 collection is predominantly made up of strong blacks, browns and dark greys. Long tops and coats look to become wardrobe staples with skinny trousers continuing to be on trend. The current season’s oversized parka is just one example of a collection that encompasses practicality and style to create casual womenswear.

As you’d expect from Central Saint Martin’s and London College of Fashion graduates, the tailoring of the clothes is incredible. Pieces are produced using performance textiles and laser cutting with White Tent priding itself of creating womenswear with an edge.

White Tent is part of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion and is based in Lisbon and London, having exhibited at ModaLisboa since 2007 and appearing in the capital at Ecoluxe in 2010.

Various garments are available in store at 127 Brick Lane and 69b Broadway Market as well as online at Not Just a Label.

See the Autumn/Winter collection shown at Moda Lisboa here.

Miguel VieiraMiguel Vieira

Miguel Vieira

Having worked to create Motorola, hotels and, perhaps most randomly, a fruit juice, Miguel Vieira is a man with a lot to offer. Of course, his main love is fashion with an internationally sought-after men’s, women’s and a shoe collection. Unfortunately, neither of the clothing lines are available in the UK, however, luckily for us the shoes are.

With a range of both casual and formal shoes, the men’s collection offers shoes for all occasions.  There’s laced trainers right through to polished business shoes with a couple of slippers thrown in for good measure.

For women, there are heels, wedges and flat sandals. Many of Vieira’s design feature a mixture of straps and studs with cream seemingly being his colour of choice. Not to be overlooked are some classic patent black heels and the creative usage of blue snake skin in another pair of heels.

See the Autumn/Winter collection shown at Moda Lisboa here.

Lidija KolovratLidija Kolovrat

Lidija Kolovrat

Bosnian-born artist and designer Lidija Kolovrat has created a collection of necklaces that are stocked at the V&A museum shop. The four necklaces each take an architectural structure with the theme of geometry particularly prevalent in her Chunk Metal Tubes Necklace.

It’s not necessarily everyday jewellery you’d wear on the tube, but the pieces would look stunning with an evening dress. Think All Saints meets high fashion and you’ll be on the right track.

The Pearl Cube Necklace laces streams of pearls over one another to create a layered necklaces which would look great on top of a large block of colour. The Metal Tubes Necklace comes in gold and silver with more delicate tubes overlapping once more to create a striking effect. All of the metal necklaces have been designed so they can be manipulated to be worn in many different ways.

Her extensive career has been based around the creative industries with her video art and installations making her a prominent artist in Portugal. She’s designed costumes for theatre, opera and contemporary dance – her previous influences are evident in her current jewellery collection -

Kolovrat’s designs are also listed as being stocked at B Store.

See the Autumn/Winter collection shown at Moda Lisboa here.

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Casey Gillespie shared this on Facebook on June 23rd 2011.
Betty BooJune 23rd 2011.

Can I have the Miguel Vieira model delivered to London as well?

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