Porto Fashion Show brought the best young fashion designers of Europe to Portugal and distinguished the German Catharina Saffier and the Portuguese João Melo Costa.
In the second edition of European young designers promoted by CENIT (Textile Intelligence Centre), whose final performance was integrated in Portugal Fashion last Saturday, 26 October, Catharina Saffier was the grand winner.
Currently working as a freelancer in the design of women’s clothing and development of patterns, the young designer completed her studies in modelling and styling this year at Esmod Berlin, and her curriculum already includes an internship at the fashion brand Paula Immich.
At Porto Fashion Show, Catharina Saffier presented the Closer collection, inspired by a series of black and white prints by the photographer Diane Arbus and the work of the German painter Hans Holbein, which won her the final award of 10 thousand euros.
The prize was attributed by an international selection panel, chaired by Felipe Oliveira Baptista and composed of Paula Mateus, director of Vogue Portugal, the British designer Jenny Christoph, the Spanish designer Eugenio Loarce, the French designers Gregory Lamaud and Louis Gerin, the Italian journalist Flavia Colli Franzone and the German journalist Eugen Rapp.
João Melo Costa – a usual presence at the Bloom Space who recently made his first public appearance on the catwalk of London Fashion Week, at a parallel event organised by Portugal Fashion – was also awarded the prize for Portugal.
Marina Criado from IED Madrid (Spain), Myriam Boudjella from Atelier Chardon-Savard (France), Thea Cozzi from the Istituto Marangoni (Italy), Rebecca Taylor from Falmouth University (United Kingdom) and Michael Klammsteiner from Esmod Berlin (Germany) were also awarded a prize of 2,000 euros, intended to boost the development of their next collections.
Porto Fashion Show should return, with a new edition, in 2015.