080 Barcelona Fashion Week SS18
This year's 080 Barcelona Fashion Week consisted of a whirlwind of color, which is something they are known for due to many of the Barcelona based brand's tropical location influence. Except the Krizia Robustella show there was not one designer that stood out to me but rather the variety of trends that was inspiring. I picked my favourite pieces and catwalk looks for you guys and hope you get a little insight into one of my favourite fashion weeks!
July 11, 2017
Labels: Sail the Seas, Fashion Weeks
amt. / aubergin (long dress)
Mietis / WOM&NOW (shoes)
Manresa based brand amt. uses translucent plastic accessories to add color to the clothing, which consists of more neutral tones compared to the counterpart brands who shared the runway. Amt. is a brand which focuses much on the use of sustainable and reusable materials in the production of it’s clothing. Local production and material sourcing is another major focus of the brand, therefore all clothing and accessory material is handmade in Barcelona and made only using European supplied materials. Minimalism is an important value for amt. as well as a value that the brand looks for within its target consumers, hence the simplicity in the designs color-scheme and cut.
Maria Fontanellas, the creative mind behind the brand Mietis, has been told that her designs represent a sort of “cosmic Cinderella,” which is an accurate representation considering a lot of Fontanella’s inspiration fuels from her longtime interest in intergalactic realities, as well as sixties focused cuts and colors. Although having very feminine cuts, Mietis features motorcycle jackets, biker gloves, boots, and corseted vests. The Mietis catwalk at 080 Barcelona Fashion Week even included motorcycles being displayed to set a proper atmosphere. Many of Fontanellas’s pieces include leather because she was raised by owners of a leather tanning business. Growing up around her parents’ business helped develop Fontanellas’s love for colored-hide, furthering her to eventually incorporate into her future clothing line. Opening up her own studio in her hometown of Igualada, Barcelona let her not only be close to her family, but it made it simple for her to have help from family members who have been working with leather for decades.
Lebor Gabala / Pablo Erroz / Maria Roch
Obviously the first reference that pops into my mind when I see this color-scheme is Carmen Miranda’s famous “The Lady In The Tutti-Fruitti Hat” jingle, which is not a bad thing because I think we can all agree that the visual production behind that song is work of art. Although the name of a compilation of Medieval Irish poetry, Lebor Gabala, is a pretty far-fetched thing to name a clothing line, Maite Muñoz chose the name because of Ireland’s strong roots in the manufacturing of wool (and because the name rolls of the tongue with a Spanish accent). Besides the fruits and bright colored flowers on the Lebor Gabala dress, the tones of burnt orange and sienna give seventies funk vibe, especially the fabric used in the Maira Roch gown which looks like the textile of a couch in a living room circa fifty years ago, mustard walls and olive colored throw pillows included.
Custo / brain & beast / Gema Sach
Texture, texture, and more texture. Elastic waistbands, fishnets, yellow and fluffy faux-fur coats, plastic skirts, Supreme™ mock branding, chokers, aesthetic rips and holes; there is really too much to register in an appropriate amount of time. I admire brain & beasts’ idea of attempting to draw more attention to the clothing and less towards the actual models themselves, but the face paint is a bit extreme and makes the collection look somewhat of a joke. I really admire the Gema Sach SS18 collection, because it has a lot of really practical clothing that can be worn off the runway and in daily life for various occasions. Gema Sach took advantage of the faux-fur coat trend by spicing up the look with brighter and more fun colors. Along with Maira Roch’s seventies aura, Gema Sach designs sort of have the same feel and the same color scheme, except maybe with a hint of “schoolgirl charm” i.e., the collection of peacoats, washed-out pinks and whites, corduroy pants and skirts and suede clogs. The entirely of these looks together, and the blending of different eras, remind me of what one might see at techno a music techno music club in a wealthy metropolitan area.
Aubergin / Custo
Aubergin has the Tommy Hilfiger thing going on with the extreme presence of parallel lines and primary colors. The clothing is very much streetwear considering the loose fit of the clothing verses some of the other designs at 080 Barcelona that are to be worn only in a particular occasion. Along with the white Aubergin dress featured in the first photoset, the Aubergin jumpsuit includes the elastic band which is a tasteful pop of color against the more solid outfit. “As a revolt against disposable fashion, aubergin`s brand mission has always been to create non-trend sensitive designs by blending tradition and modernity in a single piece,” according to NJAL. I'm sure that the dark blue Custo trench-coat will compliment a colored suit very well in colder weather, although the metallic suit it's being worn with in the image above looks like something worn by a character in the Matrix.
Text by: Becky Ingram