Arthur Mendonça - fall/winter 2003

Arthur Mendonça makes a pretty diverse debut splash with his men’s and women’s ready-to-wear. Women’s silhouettes are tight and to the point, and he accomplishes this well in the high-waisted leather mini-bombers, whose ribbing details make them the trendy little objets désirés that several designers are flaunting this season. Satin dresses come in many contours and colours, with some of them showing a little leg and others with a conservative cinch. The diversity is thorough; Mendonça even throws in a striking tweed trench with succulent bits of caramel leather detail for good measure.

For men, the silhouettes seem to be a tad more rigid, the men’s deep lustre leather trench coat being a prime example. The suits are nothing special, and Mendonça comes closer to offering something original with the black velvet blazer and the peacock blue pants.

Daniel Cox, Fashion Editor
Marek Wlazlo, Photographer