Portugal Fashion: Susanna Bettencourt crocheted in honor of Portuguese homes
The creator revealed that she uses the collaborators’ dead stock to keep them from being lost.
The first day of The Portugal Fashion’s Take 2 ended on the couch shortly after 8pm with Susanna Bettencourt’s show. This Thursday, April 22nd, the Portuguese creator was a part of “The Sofa Edition”, which started at 5:30 pm and was broadcast live on PF Digital TV, on Location Organization official.
For Susanna Bettencourt, the Spring / Summer 2021 collection represents “an exchange of models by removing the context of a Portuguese symbol”, the traditional and exotic Portuguese home. What he did was merge this concept with what defines it most: handcrafted symbolic knitting.
With crochet, I made pieces filled with patterns, giving it different volume and textures. The primary colors are highlighted to convey the message that only the essential things are. The main colors used were azure, yellow, sun, white hope, red claw, and black abyss.
The creator also wants to portray “the feeling of a society in turmoil that ends with mutual meanings”. In the unusual times we go through, the house is a symbol of the protection that holds us in despair. “Our home today is deformed, less evil,” says Susanna Bettencourt, “and our preventive suffocation is nothing more than a safe prison,” adding that “the greatest luxury is a window.”
At the end of the show, he affirmed in an interview with Raquel Strada: “Sustainability has been one of our branding pillars from the start.” The production process uses dead employee stock so that it is not wasted. Another important factor is the possibility of recycling used yarn, as well as the use of yarn that comes from recycled sources.
After all, how did Susanna Bettencourt start?
Susanna Bettencourt was born on the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores and has lived for more than 10 years in London, UK. There is a graduate in Fashion Design and majoring in Textiles from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. In the same city, he also holds a master’s degree in digital fashion from the London College of Fashion with distinction.
Before launching a brand under his own name, he worked with creators like Brooke Robert, Alexandra Moura and Fátima Lopes.
With the Susana Bettencourt brand, she instantly gained recognition for creating sculptural knits and using luxurious high-tech fabrics. The designer continues to explore the boundaries between technology and manual grid production in order to create new materials and detailed volumes.
She made her debut in Portugal Fashion in 2011, and in 2014 she participated in Vienna Fashion Week, Austria, produced by Portugal Fashion Internacional. Among the international events he has attended, also highlights London Fashion Week, Vancouver Fashion Week, Canada, and Parade in Malaysia.
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