Undoubtedly one of Portugal’s most exciting designers, Constança Entrudo
did not unveil her S/S24 collection through a traditional runway show but chose instead to open the doors of her Lisbon studio. On the day of the visit, guests were greeted with a Caribbean-esque steel drum version of Here Comes Santa Claus
, played in a loop. Models theatrically roamed around the two-floor space pretending to work on different tasks while wearing the recognisable airy, naïve and fresh designs that became Entrudo’s trademark.
The presentation of the textile designer’s new collection, Burn Out
, stages a chaotic heatwave office Christmas party set in a dystopian world where winter no longer exists and tan lines shape our bodies all year long. Traditional office wear is deconstructed and replaced by tank tops and flip flops while everyday disposable objects such as paperclips, ballpoint pens, and Christmas bows are printed on dresses alongside beach motifs.
As explained in the communiqué, Entrudo chose to “combine [the objects] chiefly by happenstance,” creating an association that evokes “the unseen exchanges of everyday life” while offering a sarcastic look on corporate culture and the unsustainability that comes with it. The surrealist apocalyptic scenario contrasts with Constança Entrudo’s playful unwoven fabrics and paradisiac blend of colours that mixes baby blue, cream, and hints of light pink: is this hell or heaven?