LWTO Lisboa Azulejos
15 Apr '16 — I'm traveling through the medium of fashion. Vibrant patterns from Portugal are translated into a line clothing for spring and summer.
LWTO are the initials of the designers behind the label of that name. Linda Wiesner and Tabitha Osler create collections "inspired by a location, and informed by the traditional practices and trades of that region". Their most recent collection took inspiration from Portugal.
I’m a huge fan of finding decorative details when traveling, so it’s pleasant to know others enjoy finding these aspects as well. Using clothing as a medium to translate the special characteristics of a location, the designers offer a glimpse of another place, allowing us to virtually travel through their designs.
The interpretation of the location is specific to the designers in their history of interaction with the place. The designers emphasis on patterns, the color blue and the geometric arrangement of floral collages to describe how Lisbon is seen through their experience.
I’ve seen plenty of tile photos from Portugal. Most emphasize the tradition and antiquity of tile patterns. LWTO’s collection is made from minimal patterns, inspired by the contrast and geometry of the old tiles, but the result feels more modern and hopeful. Enjoying the old tile design, I feel nostalgic for a past era that seemed to be grand and opulent. The interpretation LWTO has taken reflects a hopeful and bright future. Lines are cleaned up, there’s more contrast and less opulence, but it’s brighter and more clear than traditional patterns from the past.
I can’t wait to see them develop another collection for another place.
LWTO Lisboa Azulejos collection photographed by Goncalo Claro, model, Maria Joao Cunha (Central Models Lisboa). Lookbook photos from LWTO.co.