Juan Vidal presents a new capsule collection
Juan Vidal presents a new capsule collection choosing a see-now-buy-now format. The designer from Alicante is committed to making an exhibit montage to showcase his new fashion proposal, in which the dress stands out as the star garment. Airy fabrics, and very light silhouettes are the protagonists of this new, timeless collection, very much intended for special events. Made of printed recycled fibres, this capsule’s garments are for sale exclusively on the Es Fascinante digital fashion marketplace. Juan Vidal thus confirms his commitment to responsible fashion, and is inspired by the New York Times article that collected the request that PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) made to the main international fashion heads to avoid the promotion of fur in their pages, urging them to reconsider their values. In the 1990s, PETA's methodology for inspiring social change was provocation through boycotts. Among their most recognizable actions we could see how fur coats were splashed with red paint in the street, fashion offices or catwalk entrances. A direct and highly visual tactic that helped activists gain visibility in the culture war over the use of animal fur. A very characteristic gesture faithfully reflected in the collection’s prints. Years have passed by and the method has moved on towards dialogue, but those actions that changed the course of fashion still resonate strongly in the designer's mind. For Juan Vidal, this collection is a tribute to that time, when talking was not enough and it was necessary to take action.
PALOMO SPAIN PRESENTS HIS NEW COLLECTION IN El PASEO DEL PRADO
PALOMO presents his thirteenth collection, titled Córdoba, with a spectacular fashion show at El Paseo del Prado in Madrid, a space recently declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. With this presentation, the young designer has moved his roots and imaginary to the capital’s centre in a very emotional way, paying a particular tribute to his hometown. PALOMO once again studies the context and the cultural background with which his signature brand was conceived, once again acknowledging the value of Madrid, the city that hosted his first fashion show, as an inexhaustible source of inspiration in an environment whose history has shaped the identity that has taken his surname "Spain" so far. With intent, and the greatest enthusiasm to share these values and creative elements with his audience, Palomo proposes a new level of understanding by internalizing his hometown, Córdoba, as a culture melting pot where Roman, Arab, Jewish and Christian cultures come together. The collection works with both technical materials and natural fabrics. Wool, silk and cotton poplin are mixed with Lycra, taffeta and metallic paper. Paying his particular tribute to premium Spanish crafts, as he does in each of his collections, the young creator once again includes crystal embroidery, lace, fringes or crochet, which now stands as a classic in his collections. The Madrid Municipal Symphonic Band laid on the fashion show’s live soundtrack, together with Cordovan soloist pianist María Dolores Gaitán, who performed the musical piece "Palomo Spain", created expressly for the occasion and directed by Valter Sivilotti. For this spectacular staging in the heart of El Paseo del Prado, creator Alejandro Palomo has counted with the collaboration of Madrid’s City Council through the Culture and Tourism Area’s delegate, Andrea Levy.
CLARO FERNANDO UNITES TRADITION AND FUTURE
The fashion brand from Seville, Claro Fernando, presents 'Lis', a collection that unites tradition and future. Creator Fernando Claro, founder of this couture house, shows with his daughter Beatriz, who represents the fashion brand’s generational change, a fashion proposal in which sophistication and versatility merge. Artisan techniques such as braiding and the use of silk fringes contrast with futuristic shapes, cape silhouettes and armour. References to flamenco’s universe are mixed with silhouettes inspired by the Middle Ages, even reminiscent of samurai culture in a fusion of styles and techniques that results in an eclectic proposal full of details. With this collection, the Claro family extols the value of hand-made through pieces that show their passion and know-how in the most traditional couture crafts. Pink, orange, black and white feature as the main tones of highly elaborated garments and majestic volumes.
Miguel Marinero launches his first bridal collection
His experience of more than 45 years in the author fashion sector, together with the family’s passion for beauty and craftsmanship, result in "Querida Adéle" the first bridal collection from the signature label MIGUEL MARINERO. Feminine and unique, their proposals are charged with sensitivity. The Marineros (Miguel and his children Nicolás and Inés) have come together to launch this new project that rescovers the tradition of dressing up as a bride. Remaning with the essentials and extolling simplicity, based on refined lines and the absence of artifice, has become the common goal to create their first bridal fashion collection. Timeless beauty defines the lines of “Querida Adéle”, a fashion proposal in which the Marineros rescue handcrafted pleating techniques and opt for delicate embroidery as the only artifice. Gathers and ceramic applications from old family tableware subtly adorn creations made from natural materials such as linen or silk.
HOME'S A FEELING, NEW COLLECTION BY CARLOTA BARRERA
Designer CARLOTA BARRERA launches her SS 21 collection. From Asturias, she revisits her origins and returns home through a collection in which allusions to fishing motifs befall so that they transport us to the Cantabrian coast. From knitwear in navy tones, to rope and carabiner accessories, the nostalgia for her homeland is glimpsed in each of her creations for the coming season. As a novelty, CARLOTA BARRERA introduces denim garments among her proposals and, once again, she showcases her passion for craftsmanship with hand-braided rope tops and pieces of reused leather in a totally manual process. This collection is an ode to feelings, to the pleasure of living, to the luxury of physical and emotional wellbeing. CARLOTA BARRERA replaces the rigid codes of men's tailoring with more fluid silhouettes and lighter garments that show a new masculinity, and a dialogue about gender where the protagonists are the already emblematic pieces such as her tank tops, t-shirts with cut-outs and high-waist pants. The Home's a feeling collection is on sale by pre-order at www.carlotabarrera.com Home's a feeling, la nueva colección de Carlota Barrera
MESA’S FIRST COLLECTION FOR ANGEL SCHLESSER
Fashion designer Juan Carlos Mesa premiers at one of the most emblematic Spanish fashion houses, Ángel Schlesser. In his first fashion show for the leading fashion brand at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, style icon Katherine Hepburn, a standard bearer of risky femininity, a daring and independent woman, has inspired the fashion creator. The overwhelming personality of the Hollywood actress is the starting point of a collection that is based on the most classic patterns to look towards the future through fabrics. The creator has thus wanted to pay tribute to Schlesser’s clientele by being close to them, one of the designer’s main objectives since his arrival at the fashion firm. His designs play with masculine ambiguity without losing an iota of femininity. Freedom has guided the designer to create a fashion collection of clean lines and careful finishes. Shirt dresses for the day and cape dresses for the night stand out as the essential garments of Mesa's first summer for Schlesser. Poplin and linen are the star materials of the brand's more daytime looks, which give way to the evening through silk satins, micro-sequins and sparkling lamés.
DOLORES CORTÉS, A MOST SOPHISTICATED SWIMWEAR
The Dolores Cortés brand takes us back to the 30s through its new swimwear proposals for the summer of 2021. The collection references the city of Valencia during those years where the prestigious Balneario de las Arenas was opened. Artist Renau was commissioned to design the poster for this new space, one of the first outdoor constructions of this type in Spain. The designer recreates two different environments within her collection, one inspired by the elegant day-to-day at the pool and the other much more sophisticated and nocturnal. For her more daytime proposals Dolores Cortés opts for navy prints that recreate architectural lines and very sporty pieces. Navy blue, white and red are the main colours of the chromatic range for next summer. The more sophisticated pieces are filled with sparkling laminates and iridescent plastic details. Silver and mauve are the star tones of her more nocturnal proposals, which are decorated with embroidery that simulates the reflections of water, geometric openings and plays with transparencies. The Balneario de las Arenas, designer Dolores Font Cortés’s inspiration, was the venue for the Spanish national swimming championships in 1935, an event to which she wanted to pay homage by presenting on the runway a swimsuit she created exclusively for the Spanish synchronized swimming team on occasion of their participation in the London Olympic Games in 2012 where they won the Silver Olympic Medal.