To stand in front of something completely pure and untouched is a rare moment of wonder, especially since we are no longer used to deal with an absence of addictions. But fashion grows in discomfort and gains speed in attrition. It grows from the collision of opposites. That is why the ‘Sangue Novo’ show excites us and makes us sit on the edge of our chair, and brings butterflies back into our stomach: because it disarms. This is where the beauty of creativity lies, with no rules nor obligations. This is where freedom lives.

We need ‘Sangue Novo’ like we need oxygen. New talent is as essential to a clear and unobtrusive vision as breathing is. We reopened the contest to the world and made it yearly. The jury is composed by Miguel Flor (President), who won Sangue Novo back in 1996, and has since been a major name in fashion, design, art, and photography, adding to his creative multiplicity the direction of the magazine Prinçipal while constantly working on the discovery of new talents; Bosnian-born fashion designer Lidija Kolovrat studied fashion and film in Zagreb, Croatia, who moved to Lisbon in 1990 to create a brand that became an icon of creativity; and finally but not least Veronique Branquinho, a Belgian fashion designer with Portuguese descent, who studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, in mythical Antwerp, who adds to her eponymous brand experience, teaching, curating, directing and editing.

The call for young designers was sent to the main national, European and American fashion schools. Through online sharing, we received 82 applications from Portugal, Brazil, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Romania, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the United States of America.

From the 59 Portuguese and 23 international portfolios that arrived at ModaLisboa offices, 10 finalists were chosen and, in the first phase, will present their collections on October 11, 2019: André Santos, Beatriz Julião, Cêlá, Feliciano, Ferencz Borbala (Romania), Filipe Cerejo, Flávia Brito (Brazil), Francisco Pereira, Inês Manuel Baptista and Louis Appelmans (Belgium). In the same day Adriano Batista (Director of Fucking Young! Magazine, the freshest, most pertinent, disruptive streetwear and menswear magazine of the moment) and Danilo Venturi (Director of Polimoda, the best fashion school in Italy, and one of the top ten in the world) join the judging panel and announce the six designers who will move on to the next phase of the contest. Each finalist will receive a cash prize of 1000 euros and present a new collection in March 2020, when the jury will select the Sangue Novo winners.


ModaLisboa Award in partnership with Polimoda: Master in Fashion Design, or Master in Collection Design, at Polimoda + 3500 euros.

ModaLisboa Prize in partnership with Tintex Textiles: 3-week residency at Tintex + 2000 euros.

Fashionclash Festival Award: Fashion Show at Maastricht Fashion Festival.

The Feeting Room Prize (awarded at both stages of the contest): The award-winning collection will be sold at The Feeting Room store in Lisbon or Porto.

MODALISBOA COLLECTIVE. Fashion is the future. And the future is collective.  

Contiki Holidays Launches New Conscious Experiences for 2020 trips

A Cascais street art tour hosted by local residents in Lisbon, a Refugee Voices tour led by a Syrian refugee in Berlin, a walking tour of Covent Garden guided by an ex-homeless Londoner & a reforestation project in Iceland – this is just a taste of Contiki’s newest offering of conscious travel experiences on 2020-21 Europe trips.

Contiki Holidays launches 4 brand new conscious travel experiences for Europe 2020 as part of a new commitment by the travel provider to have conscious travel experience on every single trip by 2021.

The brand new conscious travel experiences have been handpicked especially for travelers aged 18-35, aiming to give Contiki-goers a fresh perspective while also giving something back to the communities visited on their trips, and delivering to the growing trend for conscious and ethical travel among Gen-Z travelers.

The commitment to sustainable travel and tourism isn’t new for Contiki – it’s all part of making travel matter, supported by its Contiki Cares initiative and working with the TreadRight Foundation to support key projects globally. The mission of Contiki Cares and TreadRight is to protect people, wildlife and the planet, and this is the philosophy driving the inclusion of the new conscious travel experiences on the latest trips.

Included in the new conscious experiences in the Europe 2020 product release are a Cascais street art tour with local residents in Lisbon, an Unseen London tour of Covent Garden hosted by and supporting ex-homeless and vulnerably housed people, a Refugee Voices tour of Berlin guided by Syrian refugees, and the chance to take part in a reforestation programme in the Haukadalur valley of Iceland.

The Cascais street art tour in Lisbon showcases the culture of a Cascais neighborhood that was historically regarded as dangerous and blighted by poverty. The local street artists knew the perceptions of the place were unfair, so they started a project of regeneration, creating an urban art gallery unlike anywhere in the world. Travelers will be taken on a walking tour through the neighborhood to learn about street art in the area, the residents who have created it and what they hope to change with their art.

Unseen London is a not-for-profit walking tour hosted by men and women who have experienced homelessness in London. The guides know the secrets of London’s winding historic alleys better than anyone and will show travelers a fascinating city not usually seen by tourists. Travelers will be taken to Covent Garden in the heart of London’s theatre and arts district for a unique insight into the city’s culture.

The Berlin Refugee Voices tour, led by a Syrian refugee, take travelers to places of historical significance in the vibrant city of Berlin. The guide draws parallels between Europe in the 20th century and what has happened to Syria in the 21st, using Berlin’s turbulent past to gain a new perspective into the attitudes that Syrian refugees face in today’s world. Travelers will hear first hand the story of a Syrian refugee, the struggles of displacement and the experiences that come from creating a new home in a new city.

The Iceland Reforestation program is located in the Haukadalur valley, a geothermal wonderland on the popular Golden Circle route. Iceland has suffered intense deforestation throughout its history, with forest coverage dropping to as little as 0.5% by the early 20th century. As part of a Golden Circle tour, travelers will get to reduce their carbon footprint and leave their mark in Iceland by planting 5 trees each in the valley.

Alongside the 4 new conscious travel experiences, the new & improved Contiki trips also include a variety of foodie experiences that give back to the local community, like a Salzburg Famers Dinner in Austria, eating locally grown produce that supports local farmers; Dining with Locals in Bosnia, with homemade dinners prepared with local produce supporting the Sarajevo community; a farm-to-table meal at Stella Croatica in Split, with authentic Croatian family recipes, local ingredients and minimal environmental impact; and an Icelandic dinner at Efstidalur organic farm, eating homemade delicacies like cheeses and skyr from local recipes. 

For more detail on top experiences for Contiki trips in Europe, visit

For more information about Contiki Cares and TreadRight, visit and


Cascais Street Art Tour, Lisbon

Do it on: Portugal City & Surf, 8 nights/9 days

Unseen London Walking Tour, Covent Garden 

Do it on: London to Berlin by Train, 7 nights/8 days

Refugee Voices Tour, Berlin

Do it on: Berlin to Budapest by Train, 8 nights/9 days

Reforestation Programme, Iceland

Do it on: Fire & Ice, 5 nights/6 days

The 4 new conscious experiences join the ranks of hundreds of new & existing travel experiences offered by Contiki in Europe. Full itineraries, pricing, and booking information for all of Contiki’s Europe trips are available on its website: 

Timothy Su, Senior Sales and Marketing Manager, Contiki, Asia, shares ”Contiki Cares is our commitment to sustainable travel, and we believe this is the philosophy that will drive next-generation travel, as well as our own direction. For us, adding conscious experiences to every trip by 2021 is a bold but exciting commitment to traveling consciously – it’s all about supporting our travelers to tread lightly, give something back to the communities visited and gaining a fresh perspective. Since Contiki was founded over 50 years ago, we’ve always worked with local suppliers as much as possible, and we are constantly reviewing our experiences on trips to make sure we’re providing incredible experiences that are also sustainable in the long term. Sustainability and conscious travel is now a focus more than ever, especially for our Gen-Z audiences, and we’re excited to source, design and provide even more conscious travel experiences for our travelers in 2021.”

Moda Lisboa Collective at Lisboa Fashion Week 2019

Fashion’s role is to interpret the present to think about the future. Is to bring from the past the necessary knowledge to move forward. It’s not by chance that, in the two previous seasons, runways have been filled by apocalyptic scenarios and pieces that wrap us like a cocoon, a protection against the uncertainty of tomorrow: it’s because today, more than ever, we are completely aware that we have the duty to be active on the frontline.

And the only way to do it it’s by going back to the genesis of fashion, to ModaLisboa’s DNA: rejecting the ego, the shallowness, the announced endings. We move forward, together. We move from one place to another, this time to the Military Old Uniforms and Equipment Manufactories, in partnership with Lisbon’s Town Hall, and we do it because we refuse to stay put within a comfort zone.  We do it because it’s a change that makes us grow. We do it because we believe, since day one, that the individual shine of each one of us makes an even bigger whole.

COLLECTIVE is the belief of union. It’s plurality in a word. From 10 to 13 of October, we forge new channels of communication in all platforms touched by fashion. We go up to Sinel de Cordes Palace and to Santa Clara’s Market, we inhabit Lisbon’s, free heart. We have shows, talks, exhibitions and events within the bigger event, so all voices are heard, so all voices are united in one. We question, we start over, we build again, we work together towards a more sustainable fashion industry, fairer, ethical, bigger. We work together for a better world. We do not have fear to answer back because we never had the fear to ask. And much less from moving forward. Fashion is the future. And the future is collective.

Lisbon, the city of diversities – A modern cosmopolitan capital

Since Portugal was voted best European destination at the World Travel awards in 2017, travelers from all over the world come to visit this charming Southern Europe country, often starting from Lisbon. It’s no wonder as Lisbon combines the perfect dose of sunny climate, rich history and old world charm, with an excellent gastronomy and nightlife at affordable prices.

Unlike some of the other European capitals, Lisbon is a lively and busy city, where the rhythm of life is somehow slower – Portuguese style! A city with modern vibes which respects traditions and carefully kept its rich architecture. Although years after years, visited by an ever-increasing number of tourists, the capital of Portugal still boasts tons of character and uniqueness.

Follow me to get a taste of the bright sunny weather, deep blue sky all topped up by delicious food, wine and of course Porto, where centuries of history await at every sights and sip! Discover the bohemian district at LX Factory or a derelict bus and tramway depot transformed into art installations.

Let’s start our explorations where it all began, at Torre de Belem, a UNESCO World Heritage–listed fortress which epitomizes the Age of Discoveries. At the beginning of the fifteen centuries, leaving from Belem, Vasco da Gama and other explorers traveled the world looking for spices and other treasures. Expanding routes through the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal created a historic maritime empire stretching from Brazil to Indonesia.

The jewel of the Manueline architectural style was built between 1514 and 1520 by Francisco de Arruda. Standing on an island about 200 meters in the Rio Tejo, the impressive tower combines Moorish, Renaissance, and Gothic elements. Best time to visit is early morning before the tour groups arrive or late-afternoon just before sunset (visits close at 6 pm). Avoid weekends and be ready to climb a narrow spiral staircase up to the tower, you’ll be rewarded with sublime views over Belem and the river. Facing the ocean, the Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) is a 52- meter-high monument on the waterside near the marina. The monument was built to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator. The ship’s prow shape features 33 prominent people who played a big part in Portugal’s Age of Discoveries. These include King Alfonso V, Vasco da Gama, Pedro Alvares Cabral and Ferdinand Magellan, and the most important Henry the Navigator. Visitors can access the rooftop via a lift to experience the panoramic views across the Tagus river and Belém.

Just in front of the monument, the Mappa Mundi is a giant marble map of the world and highlight important dates in history.

Another classified UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see for the notable work of architecture, Jerónimos Monastery is a national monument and a symbol of Portuguese wealth. In 1496, King Manuel I decided to found the Monastery of St. Mary of Belém to immortalize the memory of the Infante, for his intense devotion to Our Lady and faith in St. Jerome. Later donated to the monks of the Order of St. Jerome, in the 19th century the church became the sepulcher for heroes and poets: Vasco da Gama and Luís de Camões.

Next, we board a vintage yellow tram along a scenic ride through palm tree-lined streets towards Alfama, Lisbon oldest district.

Wander down through Alfama’s steep, narrow, cobblestoned streets and catch a glimpse of the more traditional side of Lisbon before gentrification. Early morning is the best time to catch the scene of Portuguese women selling fresh fish from their doorways. With narrow lanes of residential houses and grocery stores, it has a distinct village atmosphere. Linger in a backstreet cafe along the way and experience the bohemian lifestyle with lesser tourists. Spending the afternoon in Alfama, you can sip glasses of port at an outdoor café amid smartly clad Lisboans and eat reinvented Portuguese cuisine looking over the stunning river views.

Lisbon is a city full of Epicurean Delights

Neighboring Alfama area, a hipper and trendier alternative, Chiado is on top of the glamour scale with designer shops, art galleries and a vast selection of trendy restaurants and bars.

Stepping off the iconic tram-line 28, in the middle of Chiado, Café No Chiado features a very cool interior and a great terrace. Pick up a book at the upstairs library or a paper from their impressive range of Portuguese and foreign newspapers, and order a light meal from their unpretentious menu composed of salads, steaks, sandwiches and Portuguese specialties. An oasis of calm in the middle of the trendiest shopping district.

Modern and romantic, Largo restaurant is a cool culinary spot within the walls of an old convent. Entering the place, vaulted stone ceilings and imposing stone columns contrast with contemporary colors of black and white against a palette of apple green and soft lime colors. One of the most coveted tables for couples is next to the aquariums where jellyfish are drifting away, magically enhanced by the eerie lightings. The fuchsia washed mezzanine serves a chill-out lounge for guests to enjoy a cocktail before or after dinner. Portuguese Chef Miguel Castro e Silva innovative takes on re-interpreting traditional Portuguese dishes with international flavors is highly praised by gastronomes across Portugal and internationally.

Another stylish choice for dinner and conveniently located next to the MAAT, Sud restaurant (SUD Lisboa Terrazza) and multipurpose venue (SUD Lisboa Hall) is a two floors building on the waterfront connected by a sky bridge with stunning views of the 25 de Abril Bridge. The stylish interior restaurant also offers ‘al fresco’ seating facing the Tagus river, where Italian and Mediterranean cuisine can be enjoyed all day long. There are a separate cozy cocktail bar and a shisha lounge. The whole space features a contemporary décor and is livened up at night by DJs or the sounds of a live jazz singer. There is a panoramic swimming pool open in the summer up on the rooftop, while theme parties and a variety of events happen in the neighboring building.

Stunning views from the hills of Lisbon

Towering above Lisbon, Castelo de São Jorge, mid-11th-century hilltop fortifications sneak into almost every Instagram shot. Wander through its tortuous ramparts and pine-shaded courtyards for impressive views over the city’s red rooftops to the river. Three guided tours are offered daily between 10.30am, 1 pm and 4 pm (included in the admission price).

The perfect location to wind down just off the castle walls, Café da Garagem (Rua da Costa do Castelo, 75) is a hidden gem for its spectacular views over the western parts of Lisbon. The hilly landscape is reflected on the huge interior window. Many people from Lisbon come here to study or work and unwind with a glass of local wine. The restaurant serves good salads, and excellent cheese and sausage boards.

Creative Hub and avant-garde art at LX Factory

For a dose of cutting-edge creativity, head to LF Factory, a former manufacturing district transformed into Lisbon’s new hip adults and family playground dotted with trendy eateries, galleries, hip shops and boutiques. The birth of this new creative island began in 1846, on the ruins of a gigantic abandoned industrial site when a threads and fabrics company called “Companhia de Fiação e Tecidos Lisbonense” moved to Alcântara, a quarter located on the way to Belém. During the golden industrial age, other companies followed and moved to the 23.000 m2 industrial site. Abandoned until recently, its metamorphosis started with the Expo 98, then with the birth of LX Factory in 2008. A creative village which is home to new start-ups, design companies, alternative galleries and emerging artist’s studios. The place is decorated with huge, colorful graffiti-style murals on the exterior walls. Wander around this creative village to discover hipster shops, watch performing art, attend fashion events or simply eat at one of the small restaurants with lovely terraces. Weekend nights see parties with a dance- and art-loving crowd

Recommended shops & restaurants at LX Factory: Landeau chocolate, Remind to Smile shop, Kare Design, Barber Factory, Tacho restaurant, Sagres, Duro shop, Da Praca

Village Underground Lisbon a derelict bus and tramway depot transformed into art installations and co-working space

After a season in London, Mariana Duarte Silva came back to Portugal, bringing with her the ideas about creating a Village Underground in Lisbon with the support of the railway company Carris and the Lisbon City Hall. The Carris Museum is composed of fourteen maritime containers and two disabled buses. Village Underground Lisbon is a co-working space for creative activities, as well as a venue for cultural events. Each container or bus can be shared by five people and there are 60 available co-working spaces. Prices vary between 150 and 200 Euros per person per month for unfurnished space and include internet, electricity and air conditioning. Foreigners can rent by the hour, starting at 30€.

Start-ups and creatives alike have already called it their new home: Channel 180, Vice magazine, the musicians “Macacos do Chinês”, lawyers, writers, architecture studio LIKEarchitects, the studio of Gustavo Rodrigues, Sal and Buzico (theater).

Food tips: Don’t forget to try some of the most popular local specialties:

Sardinhas grelhadas: grilled sardines are one of Portugal’s most beloved dishes. They’re the symbol of Festas de Lisboa month-long party held yearly in June.

Bacalhau: they say Portuguese have 365 ways of cooking bacalhau (cod) one for each day of the year. Bacalhau com Natas (with cream), Bacalhau à Brás (with fries and scrambled egg) are the most popular choices, but you’re on to a memorable meal with anything on the menu.

Caldo Verde: a kale soup with slices of chorizo.

Pastel de nata: the iconic egg custard tarts. They’re easily available in all pastry shops and best accompanied by a bica (café).

For more information, visit Turismo de Portugal