The Alfândega do Porto, an already usual location for regular attendees to the event, but surprising for its size, infrastructure, and impressive views of the Douro River for first-timers, hosted this event once again. In several rooms for fashion shows, showrooms and launches, 4 days of trends and culture where different points of view and working styles converge in an atmosphere typical of the pre-pandemic period, with no empty seats, without social distancing and with all the events and parties highly attended. It is reassuring to see how everything gradually regains its place and how we can once again unite without worry around fashion and art.
Despite some important absences such as those of perhaps the most internationally renowned Portuguese designers Marques´Almeida, it was possible to enjoy all kinds of proposals thanks to spaces such as Bloom dedicated to promoting young talent more experimentally and artistically, Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX) focused on promoting African designers, or spaces and runways dedicated to sectors other than purely textile such as jewellery at the launch dinner of the Travessia brand or footwear and leather goods with shows by Luís Onofre, among many others.
Fashion spread throughout the city with catwalks in places other than the Alfândega such as Diogo Miranda's runway and Ernest W Baker's installation at the Ateneu Comercial do Porto or the inauguration of the exhibition Portugal Pop, A Moda em Portugues 1970-2020 at the Casa do Design in Matosinhos which gathers a sample of at least 40 designers who narrate and shape the history of fashion in Portugal.