Lisbon is offering the best stores on the territory of Portugal. So, for a start, let us consider in depth the features of shopping in Lisbon, which should not be ignored.
Foremost, these are the leather products, which Lisbon is famed for. A pair of shoes, stunning handmade gloves, or the leather bags will be the excellent gift to yourself.
The garments, which are bought there, will serve with distinction for a long time. There is a great variety of classic footwear models. In each shoe store in Lisbon, in addition to the models, created by the latest fashion, there is always a choice of classical variants. You should definitely pay attention to the stunning assortment of the footwear in Lisboan shops. If you hire a car in Lisbon, you will be able to visit most of them, even if you are staying for only a couple of days in this stylish city. Fans of jewelry should know that in Lisbon it is possible to buy what you want at a profit. You will find the ratio of “price – quality – assortment” is the stores on Rua de Ouro.
Concerning the clothes, the choice is also huge. You can replenish your wardrobe with the garments of any of the existing styles, getting with the most modern trends. In the local shops, there is not only a huge selection of Portuguese manufacturers, but of the world-famous European brands as well. In addition, the fabrics, made of flax and cotton are of surprisingly high quality.
If you are a fan of the long-term shopping races with a huge number of boutiques, the shopping centers like “Vasco da Gama” and “Colombo” will suit you fine. Most of the expensive, exquisite boutiques are located on Bairro Alto and Avenida da Liberdade.
If you are interested in the up-to-date trendy ideas, they could be seen on the Lisbon Fashion week.
It is the eldest European independent fashion week, which takes place twice per year, right after the ending of the Paris shows.
About 20 thousand buyers, VIPs, guests and 500 journalists from all over the world are attracted by the glamour and style of this event, which last just for three days. Modalisboa’s guests are coming to see the world premieres of the latest collections by the international and the local designers. During the last years, there are variable additional events featuring, for example, the newest trends in make-up and hairstyles, as well as the fashion exhibitions and films’ cycles.
The fashion festival in Lisbon is showing paces in the modern Portuguese fashion industry.
This large-scale show, held since 1991, unites the capital of Portugal, with such centers of the international fashion as Paris, Milan, London and New York. The previous attendees of ModaLisboa include Mary Quant, Christian Louboutin, Tiago Lacerda, Kenzo and John Malkovich. Lisbon Fashion Week in March and October takes place in the courtyard of the recently restored Patio da Gale private residence, located in the center of Lisbon cultural life – on the square near the Town Hall. The fashion shows and trade areas could be also seen on the Municipal Square, in the Belém Cultural Center and on the Arsenal Street. Here you can visit the MUDE museum.
At the long stone counters, where the bank clerks once used to work, now the collections of fashionable clothes, items of innovative design and the fashion accessories from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day, are shown. The museum’s exposition is based on the collection of the famous man of virtu- Francisco Kapelo, which displays the designer furniture and the interior items, clothing, footwear and accessories of different styles and trends, from the street fashion and pret-a-porter, to real couture masterpieces. The museum features the works created by the designers Marcel Breuer, Eduardo Afonso Dias, Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Joe Colombo, Germaine Emilie Krebs. Here it is also possible to see the exhibits from the famous Fashion Houses – Christian Dior, Chanel, Hermes, Madame Grae. Along with the permanent exhibition, the museum is offering temporary exhibitions of Japanese clothing, silverware, stage costumes, history of design and many others.
The Museum of Design and Fashion is working from May 22, 2009, although it first opened its doors to the visitors in 1999. Until 2006, the collection was located in the Belem Cultural Center. Nowadays, the museum is located in the heart of Lisbon, on the Augusta street, next to the Triumph Arch and the Commerce Square, in a building where, since 1866, the headquarters of the largest bank Nacional Ultramarino (BNU) was located. In the 50’s, the building was modernized for the bank’s needs. The founders of MUDE decided not to change the main interior of the building. The exhibition area takes four floors- there is a shop, a cafe, a lecture room and the conference rooms. The visitors can trace the evolution of the design over the centuries.
In the Museum of Design and Fashion in Lisbon, you can see the sofa-lips (Marylin Lips), the famous portraits of Madonna, Michael Jackson, Grace Jones, a tiny BMW Isetta car and much more. In addition, the museum presents dresses and fashion accessories used by fado singers and the collection of the famous fado singer Amália Rodrigues.
The designers, whose works could be seen in MUDE: Mar Newson, Russel Wright, Ettore Sottsass and Charlotte Perriand. The works by such stylists like Paco Rabanne, Pierre Balmain, Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne and John Galliano are also displayed there.
On the ground floor, in the premises behind the thick massive doors, in the former banking cells, a collection of designer glasses and frames, which totals about 400 pairs of glasses, is presented. The collection shows the changes in the forms and materials in the evolution of the sunglasses from the 1950s to the present day.