This is a shout-out to my dear friend, next-door neighbor and an amazingly talented designer, Aleksandar Protich. This past Saturday, the models at Casino Estoril – the site of this season’s Moda Lisboa (Lisbon Fashion Week) – had the honor of wearing the most beautiful, inventive and daring creations by Serbian-born Lisbon-based Aleksandar. Down the catwalk went his Winter 2009 collection of outfits for stylish urban sport junkies. The showcase was fantastic! What I absolutely love and respect about Aleksandar’s work is that, in this world of generic fashions, corny imitators and a general lack of personal style, he’s always pushing creative boundaries and taking things a step or two further. Kudos to Aleksandar for being genuine and never ceasing to inspire!