THE POWER OF COLOR
“I’M NOTORIOUS FOR LOVING BURGUNDY. I LOVE COLORS. THEY’RE A VERY PERSONAL WAY TO SHOW HOW COMFORTABLE YOU ARE. THEY REPRESENT A CHOICE AND A BOLDNESS THAT’S REFLECTED IN WHO I AM AS A PERSON.”
There’s an excitement that comes from Armando talking about the use of color and pattern in his designs. Burgundy is among his favorites and is often used in his collections. Equally important are printed textiles featured as fine details or broad fields of pattern.
“I LIKE BOLD COLORS PARTICULARLY, BECAUSE THEY REVEAL THE WARMTH FROM AFRICA.”
For Armando, inspiration comes from so many things. He’s had the opportunity to be a global citizen, living in many different places. Born in Africa, raised in Portugal, educated in the United Kingdom and now living in New York City.
It comes from his heritage, knowing who he is. Knowing himself is a big aspect of the pride that inspires him. There’s a dimension of wanting to make people feel comfortable and sharing what he can with others.
“MY INSPIRATION AND MY EXPRESSION COME FROM MY WORLD. THE PLACES I’VE LIVED, THE EXPERIENCES I’VE HAD AS A MODEL, A GLOBAL CITIZEN, A FATHER.”