LISBON, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- Lisbon Fashion Week began on Friday with a number of catwalk shows in the Carlos Lopes Pavilion.
The 49th edition of the festival, known as ModaLisboa, takes "Light" as a theme and will showcase fashion collections for spring and summer of 2018.
The first two shows are by Patrick de Padua and Ana Duarte and will take place in the garden that surrounds the pavilion.
First up on the inside catwalk will be collections from up-and-coming designers, part of the New Blood strand of the festival. They will be followed by the more established names of Kolovrat, Valentim Quaresma and Ricardo Preto.
ModaLisboa takes place twice a year, every spring and fall. It is the premier showcase for Portuguese fashion designers, as well as for local fashion photographers, graphic and set designers.
Besides the catwalk shows, there will be a Wonder Room pop-up store, open to the public and displaying the latest in Portuguese-made handicrafts, textiles, jewelry and accessories, and an exhibition entitled "Portuguese Footwear". Shoe production is one of Portugal's major growth industries.
ModaLisboa runs until Oct. 8.