This is a very special collection for me.
Luana Barzane created her Autumn/Winter Collection to showcase during our Fashion Week inspired by my country – Portugal.
The way she did it is absolutely brilliant: through the use of cobalt blue and white, the creator of Amarelo Manga captured one of the most traditional Portuguese Arts: tile work.
The outfits were named after famous women in the History of Portugal and Brazil and the connection our two countries have had through centuries.
The pumps were named after one of the main cities on the northern central part of my country – Viseu.
I’m completely honored to present Amarelo Manga for AVENUE Autumn/Winter Fashion Week 2013.
October 3rd @ 12 Pm SLT
Outfit: Leopoldina (cobalt)
[Image taken at Portugal Lisboa sim: how many times did I go to work in this yellow tram, in my RL!]
Carlota Joaquina (cobalt)
[Image taken at Portugal Centre sim - One of the public transports to travel across the country is this train you see in the photo and yes, I've travelled in it so many times in RL as well.]
What’s left for me to show you or tell you, inspired myself by Luana?
There is a word they say it doesn’t exist in any other language other than Portuguese – and it seems to be true as far as I know:
~~ saudade ~~
There is no translation for it, as a single word. In English we can say “I miss you”, but there is no noun for it.
Saudade is a feeling.
Portuguese traditional music is called Fado – tourists from all over the world come to Portugal and listen to Fado in taverns, eating and drinking, while a woman sings, wearing a shawl (very typical too). Historically, Fado are love songs, sad songs, sung by women who saw their loved ones leave in a boat or a ship, not knowing if they would ever come back home safe.
No one better than Portuguese Fado singer Amália Rodrigues to show you what the word saudade means. Just by listening to her…. we get it.
Amália passed away in October 6th 1999.
Recently, a Portuguese group of artists performed this same song in a homage to her: Gaivota (Seagull)
Indeed, a very special collection for me, personally.
Obrigada, minha querida Luana!
Photographer and Model: Sea Dench