The collection is inspired by Portuguese pop culture. The Designer’s experiences in the countryside, where popular life feels more present, are now portrayed in a contemporary way. Uses and customs, folklore, habits, beliefs, languages, craft techniques, everyday objects and products from a certain time when Dino grew up and trained as an artist, are the source of inspiration, here transformed into a more avant-garde narrative.
Small utilitarian elements that he got used to seeing on a daily basis, such as lady pins, used here as decorative elements, creating visual appearances of embroidery. Recognized silhouettes of religious universes, rural habits, domestic uses and customs, Catholic and pagan celebrations, etc., are brought to contemporary life, reproduced in sophisticated materials: tulle, organic cotton, linen, cotton poplins, organza, cotton twill, viscose, polyester mesh, cotton Vichy and technological fabrics come in black, white, coral, beige, yellow, flag green, gray green, blue, lilac, pink, silver and gold.
In the details, we find midi skirts with sumptuous ruffles and petticoats to create a 50s silhouette that refers to regional folklore costumes. Laced blouses and other pieces associated with a discreet and modest life, but with flashier and daring fabrics. Well-defined waists and prominent hips. Use of decorative elements taken from regional costumes and applied in a contemporary way. Application of ribbons and other elements to create floral details in more futuristic and minimal pieces.
This collection also includes a core of pieces created through the upcycling of tailored suits and coats from a stagnant stock of one of the reference men’s stores in Lisbon’s Downtown. Mister Man, which has been around since the early 70’s (now completing 50 years old) challenged Dino to create, together, a sub-brand, 2nd (second), with the presentation of a capsule collection reusing pieces from its 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s stock.