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Nespresso takes to the catwalk at Lisbon Fashion Week

18 October 2013 | Lisbon, PORTUGAL –

This October 11, fashionistas and journalists got a taste of emerging Portuguese design at the Nespresso Designers Contest, held for the second time at ModaLisboa, Lisbon’s prestigious Fashion Week event.


2nd annual Nespresso Design Contest in Lisbon

This year’s challenge, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality ™ Program, was to create a garment for women inspired by the Nespresso coffee origins. In addition, contestants were asked to craft an accompanying fashion accessory using no more than 50 Nespresso Grand Cru capsules of their choice. Young students of fashion and design throughout Portugal were invited to apply.

"As the reference in premium portioned coffee, Nespresso is known for its design, originality and innovation in its machines, Grand Cru coffees and services. The Nespresso Designers Contest reflects our brand core values, fostering creativity while supporting our country’s next generation of fashion designers,” said Francisco Nogueira, Market Director of Nespresso in Portugal.


Supporting the next generation of Portuguese Design

The winner, Ana Cunha,
impressed the jury with her
creation “Harvest Coffee”.

The Nespresso Designers Contest brought together a high-profile roster of well-known Portuguese fashion experts for its jury: Eduarda Abbondanza, founder and director of ModaLisboa, Portuguese fashion designers Manuel Alves and Nuno Baltazar, Tó Romano, head of the model agency Central Models and Paula Mateus, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Portugal. Top model Flor Guerreiro served as ambassador of the event.

Of a total of 46 design proposals submitted to the contest between March and May 2013, the jury selected nine semi-finalists. The young designers went on to produce their garments and present them at ModaLisboa opening night on October 11. The winner was also announced: Ana Cunha, 23, a student of the School of Arts and Design (ESAD). Winning second and third place were ESAD fashion design students Inês Oliveira and Tania Fonseca, respectively. The grand prize: a trip for two to a European fashion capital of one’s choice – London, Madrid, Milan or Paris.

Cunha impressed the jury with her creation “Harvest Coffee”. Both the cut and the patterns of the silk and cotton dress were inspired by clothing worn by East African and Indian female coffee pickers. The red and yellow colours evoke ripe coffee cherries. The accompanying necklace was fashioned from silver and Nespresso Arpeggio, Ristretto and Volluto capsules and reflected the pattern of the dress.

Now that the contest is over, the semi-finalist designs will be on display at various Nespresso Boutiques throughout Portugal in a travelling exhibition.