Does anyone do Transitioning better than Portuguese? I only ask because I spent last weekend at Optimus Primavera, the newish sister festival to Barcelona’s monolith, which took place last weekend on the outskirts of Portugal’s second biggest city, Porto (a city ordinarily famous for its port, fish and fierce Atlantic winds) and looking around, no, I don't think they do.
First some background: the weather in Porto is pretty rarified. Level with Genoa, it’s battered and enriched by a strong westerly wind which means the days are hot and fresh, but the nights cool to bitter. And since Optimus ran from 6pm to 4am festival fashion is a minefield. Portguese women are fit, so they lend themselves well to North Face. I’m not, so I spent day one dressed like my godson.
One look had the dual effect of ensuring its wearer was warm and hip from am to pm, while not involving a floral headband. Primavera-approved Transitioning. Strong.
2. Practical Footwear
3. Something Leather
4. A Tan
1. Bleached denim makes sophisticated daywear when worn with a posh bag
Debora, fashion student, Paris
Trainers: Nike Blazers
Bag: Steve Madden
2. Dr Marten’s are an excellent idea at 2.40am when someone’s poured Douro on your feet
Camilla, aspiring singer and ‘crazy Blur fan’, Porto
Boots: Doc Martens
3 Leather shorts and a plaid shirt are the acceptable face of Grunge
Francisca, student, Porto
Leather shorts: H&M
Plaid shirt: vintage
4. Being a. a model and b. a model with a tan is a winning combo
Deboiza, model, Lisbon
Trainers: Italian sportswear
5. Micro shorts are decidedly hip if teamed with Nike Blazers
Polly, writer, London
Trainers: Nike Blazer
To surmise: Porto. The Capital de Transição.