Showing outside the typical Fashion Week schedule, sunny Barcelona’s bi-annual celebration of local and national talent has just come to a close after a week filled with creativity. From Catalan flamenco music accompanying the shows to a reimagined wardrobe for the Mediterranean seaside city, Barcelona Fashion Week saw its designers being both ingrained in the culture as well as expanding into new universes. In case you missed it, we’ve rounded up some of the highlights of the week.
404 STUDIO GAVE A MASTERCLASS ON HOW TO DRESS LIKE A COOL GIRL
The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Awards 2021 winner 404 Studio continues to impress with its FW23 collection inspired by Quinqui culture inspired by 70s Spanish cinema. Creative director Anaïs Vauxcelles references films like “El Pico” and “Navajeros” through distressed and bleached denim look, as well as bringing in an array of crochet pieces. The collection also featured a collaboration with adidas, as seen on tees and tracksuits adorned with floral detailing.
DOMINNICO HAD AN ORGASM ON THE RUNWAY
Titled “Dildom”, Dominnico’s FW23 was a celebration of sexual liberation and queer culture. With a giant butt plug taking centre stage, models walked down in leather-clad outfits. Mini skirts and latex like gloves made their appearance decorated with countless eyelet details while cutout garments, thigh high boots and a rubber face mask and collared leash brought on a BDSM energy that reverberated all over the runway.
THE BOW WAS THE MAIN CHARACTER FOR ANEL YAOS
Kickstarting the show with a sung flamenco performance, Anel Yaos’ “Deep” collection was inspired by the sea’s mythical creatures. Representing fluidity through the choice of lightweight, sheer fabrics and ruched pieces reminiscent of the sea’s calm waves, the romantic collection was heavy on the bow, seen on bra tops and exaggerated on a green skirt.
TRAUMA NEVER LOOKED AS GOOD AS AT COMPTE SPAIN
Toying with shapes and proportions, Compte Spain explored the strange admiration of fears and traumas, turning the sweet into the dreadful. Nightmares and horror movie characters were explored through crochet and corseted dresses as well as quilted pieces that gave dimension of protection to its wearer. Both entities of their own and part of us, the trauma-born pieces were an extension of creative director Santi Mozas own experiences as well as a wider psychological analysis of the human condition.
EÑAUT FACES GLOBAL WARMING CHALLENGES HEAD ON
One of the only menswear-leaning designers of the week, Eñaut’s show called “Vulturno” explored the dangers that come with the global warming crisis, notably the cold and warm seasons becoming even more extreme than ever before. With a restricted colour palette that only gave us blacks, greys and oranges, opposite panelling was placed side by side to represent the thematic duality, such as on a leather and mesh black dress or on an orange tailored top.
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