Broaden your horizons
One of the crucial aspects which sets us apart from other species, is the ability to develop rational thinking: when faced with a problem we are able to analyze it, and by means of our intellect and imagination, come up with a solution. It is this gift that allows us to create new objects and discover alternative uses for pre-existing ones. Fashion, as a breeding ground for overly sensitive,...
A pinch of ethnicity #3
For the final entry of the series I’ll focus on the vintage handcrafted patchwork “berbere” belt. The first thing that caught my eye was the variety of colors and detailing: if you thought the tunic was a bold piece, this one definitely takes the crown. The thing is, being an accessory, it has a much smaller impact on the overall ensemble, making it easier to pull off. As belts...
LINKS À LA MODE: WEEKLY ROUNDUP 05/12
My post about hems made it to this week’s Links à La Mode! Hope you enjoyed it and take a look at all the other great posts on the list! Thank you for following! Savage Blogging Edited by Vahni of Grit & Glamour Savage Beauty. Don’t tell me you haven’t heard the paradoxically exquisite title of the Alexander McQueen exhibit currently mesmerizing the fashion world and the...
Beyond Fabric x Wrong Weather SS11
Similarly to what happened last season, Wrong Weather once again invited me to put up 3 looks using their pieces, this time for Spring Summer 11. Drawing upon Summery inspiration, I set out to deliver three different, yet somewhat related ensembles, which would transpire my personal aesthetic into WW’s universe. The first look is the most relaxed and season inspired of the bunch, pairing...
One of the most important decisions when purchasing any type of bottoms concerns hems. Following the main event, so to say, which consists in finding a pair that suits your liking regarding cut, fabric, color or wash, comes the stage of minor (or not) necessary alterations. Unless you’re buying made to measure trousers, you’ll most likely need to have them tailored: at the very least,...
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Round it up
Apart from the main elements which comprise an ensemble, one of the most essential add-ons is definitely shades. They are one of the few accessories whose design is as relevant as functionality: sunglasses not only enhance your aesthetic, they also protect your eyes from harmful sunlight. In fact, chances are you’ve grown so accustomed to them that no matter the time of the year, you...
Raf Simons "Fuchsia" Shoe
If only I had extra 700€ lying around…
A signature pen
As I’ve mentioned before, despite the amount of gadgets and information channels available to us nowadays, there’s something special when you actually write something, instead of relying in said channels. If you think about it, most major decision making moments require you to express your consent in writing. When you put your signature on any given document, it carries a whole...
LINKS À LA MODE: WEEKLY ROUNDUP 04/28
Great news! My post about the Moroccan tunic was selected for this week’s Links à La Mode! Thank you all for following! More than Meets the Eye Edited by Fajr Muhammad at Stylish Thought When you visit a fashion blog you often see a stylish blogger posing in a perfectly, put together outfit with gorgeous scenery. What you don’t see is the work that goes into curating and...
Store Info: Trash Vintage
One of the latest additions to the Bombarda area, is a much needed vintage shop. Populating this ever growing, trendy block, Trash Vintage is yet another step forward in the slow introduction of vintage to Porto’s shopping scene. Continuing the flow of pro pre-owned clothing initiatives, such as Spot’s Fleamarket and other small boutiques, the store presents a carefully curated...
Great soundtrack for a sunny day...
I must say I’m one of those persons who suffers with low temperatures…As I’ve stated before, amongst my Winter essentials you’ll always find a pair of gloves and a cap. In fact, gloves are one of those items which have slowly grown on me during the past few years…I’ve come to appreciate their elegance and the complementing effect they have on an outfit. One of...
Happy Easter Everyone!
Take the time to enjoy your family and close friends, menswear can wait till Monday. Best, MJV
A pinch of ethnicity #2
On this entry I’ll leave you with a few pics of the embroidered tunic I mentioned earlier. When I asked my brother to keep an eye out for them, I must say I had envisioned something different: a basic tunic in solid colors whose hemline would sit at the thighs, allowing for interesting plays with length. The thing about creating expectations and visual images in our minds, is that the...
Owning one of the world’s most successful brands has its perks…
A pinch of ethnicity #1
I’m a strong supporter of investing in timeless, classic pieces, which will last you a lifetime and are easily paired to form outstanding outfits. However, sometimes, adding a fresh twist to your look feels invigorating and just…right. An interesting, out of the ordinary way to raise the bar for a look, is by throwing ethnical items into the mix. The thing about them is that they...
Beyond Fabric suggests...on the cheap edition
A while back my good friend Miguel was going on and on about how fashion was for the wealthy and the myth of an affordable version of it. Designer clothes are indeed expensive: be it due to the materials used, craftsmanship involved, branding or simply the exclusive status they provide to those who wear them. However, with all the available offerings out there, be them low cost garments, local...
Spring must haves: colorful denim
The coming of Spring is a call for color… As brighter, sunnier days become more often, so does our urge to lighten up the mood by throwing on bolder pieces in lively shades. For me, one of the items that just screams Spring is a pair of colorful bottoms, be them chinos or slim fitting denim. Although at first they might seem a bit too much, calling upon a “Go to Hell” attitude,...
Tuscan brand Buttero’s SS collection has been earning some much deserved praise on the web. Aimed at delivering high-end quality footwear, this season’s focus is on their trademark vegetable tanned leathers, original recycled rubber soles and refreshing leather detailing and embellishments. From low and mid top sneakers, to boat shoes and chukkas, there’s something for everyone. ...