2015-2016 Autumn/Winter Trends at 080 Barcelona Fashion
16 February, 2015
Barcelona’s Maritime Museum was the setting for the 15th 080 Barcelona Fashion event, where the collections of 33 firms and designers for the 2015-2016 autumn/winter season were presented. Given the variety of designs and styles featured on the catwalk, Barcelona és moda would like to highlight some of the key trends that could be seen there concerning the colours, fabrics and shapes set to appear in the store windows of our city when autumn arrives – a sneak preview that will be defined for once and for all with the designs still to be seen at other events on the international calendar in London, Paris, Milan and New York.
Tailoring, masculine lines and androgynous looks
This was one of the show’s key trends. Tailoring, masculine lines and androgynous looks were seen in different collections, such as that of designer Pablo Erroz, who presented a collection based on a unisex look with a British aesthetic and featuring warm and rustic materials like wool, cotton, nappa and leather. Sita Murt also went for masculine lines with a sexy twist for an elegant woman sporting a style loyal to the firm’s knitwear. Isomètric presented Psique, a collection full of tailored pieces in straight lines that emphasised the waist. Also in keeping with the masculine trend was the use of fabrics typical of tailored menswear, such as tartan.
70s airs and floral patterns
Manuel Bolaño looked east to present a colourful collection with folkloric appeal and patterns reminiscent of the 1970s, whether in the form of long dresses or wide-legged trousers. Menchén Tomás, with the Passions collection, submerged us in different feelings such as pain, anxiety, uncertainty, remembrance and surprise, manifested in diverse pieces including dresses and blouses with floral patterns. For its part, Mango also presented a collection inspired by the hippy 70s style, with long dresses and skirts, mini-dresses, ponchos and sheer fabrics.
Futurism, minimalism and pure lines
Robotics, retro-futurism, science fiction and the avant-garde inspired the collections of Txell Mires (Angles), Georgina Vendrell (Darklight) and Miquel Suay (Ucronia). Three proposals with the same common denominators: simple lines, minimalist style, a combination of technological materials and natural fabrics, geometric shapes and colour contrasts like grey and white, in addition to black.
Sportswear with a focus on the sweatshirt
Streetwear first burst onto the catwalks to show its most stylish face some time ago. At 080 Barcelona Fashion, Krizia Robustella delivered an outsized take on the Care Bears, creating the Sickly Sweet Bears collection whose sporty style with its infantile, prissy airs created in shades of pink, orange and pastels drew on materials including neoprene, quilting and leather to create an ironic and transgressive aesthetic. Brain&Beast, another enfant terrible at the show, presented Décalogue, Part IX <Maniac> winter 2015 – 2016, with a nod to the 1980s and an accent on the use of the sweatshirt. Pagè, on the other hand, presented a more romantic proposal, FROG ME A KISS, an explosion of asymmetric and diaphanous dresses, as well as streetwear including t-shirts and sweatshirts combined with other more refined pieces to create an interesting contrast.
The Catalan Government’s Commerce, Crafts and Fashion Consortium (CCAM) was keen to provide an overview of the 15th 080 Barcelona Fashion event, as well as the last four years of the show. CCAM head Miquel Rodríguez defined this year’s show as “the year of consolidation”, adding that between 2010 and 2014 “the number of firms showing rose by 57%, the number of attendees was up 237% and there was a 15% saving in the budget”. He was also keen to remind attendees that 080 “works for the fashion sector, an economic sector which generates wealth, creates jobs and boosts our profile at home and abroad”. Total attendance at the event was 39,800 people including the audiences at the shows, journalists, bloggers, buyers and the general public.