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From Barcelona to New York, with a stop in Madrid

24 March, 2011

Krizia Robustella / Alejandro Román O.

Barcelona-based designers have recently presented their upcoming Fall-Winter 2011-2012 collections across the globe.

We at Barcelona és moda followed them from fashion show to fashion show, stopping in at 080 Barcelona Fashion, Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week and the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

080 Barcelona Fashion

080 Barcelona Fashion celebrated its seventh edition from January 31 to February 2, 2011. Bringing together independent fashion designers in a tent on Passeig Joan de Borbó street in Barcelona, the fair welcomed a total of 12,800 guests. In addition to numerous events on the catwalk, 080 Barcelona Fashion also featured 41 companies in it showroom and organized additional activities related to fashion including round tables, exhibitions, and presentations.

The first day’s show featured Juan Antonio Álavos’ collection “Constructivism from Russia with Love”; Montse Liarte’s geometric forms combining fabrics such as neoprene and silk in blacks, grays, and fucsia; Brain & Beast; Karlotaslaspalas; and Tsolo Munkh. On the second day of the Fashion Week, the morning’s shows included Justicia Ruano 9PM and her essential collection, Decó; Miquel Suay, who paid tribute to oriental gentlemen; and Miriam Ponsa, who was inspired by “laundresses,” while the afternoon showcased Josep Abril and his focus on textures and materials; Txell Miras and her collection “Fos a negre” (Fade to Black); and Cardona Bonache; Juun.J; and Krizia Robustella. Robustella took home the 080 Barcelona Fashion Prizes—awarded by the prize’s international jury—for both the Best Men’s Collection and Best Women’s Collection. On the third and final day of the fashion shows, Omar Kashoura, Celia Vela, Schipper Arques, Manuel Bolaño and Yiorgos Eleftheriades presented their newest collections.

The Fashion Week was organized by 080 Barcelona Fashion and sponsored by the Government of Catalonia’s Ministry of Enterprise and Labour by means of the Consortium of Trade, Craftwork, and Fashion of Catalonia. In addition to exhibiting creativity and innovation, this edition never lost track of the importance of the market and the need to provide a commercial outlet for fashion: some 500 contacts were made and 165 orders were placed during the Fashion Week.

Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week

Ailanto, Andrés Sardá, TCN, Sita Murt, Teresa Helbig, Martin Lamothe and Maria Escoté took to the catwalk in the 53rd edition of the Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week, held between February 18 and 23 and bringing together 63,094 people. For their 2010-2011 Autumn-Winter collection, Ailanto is featuring the three-dimensional feel of fabrics, chromatic colors, superposition, and motives based on flowers and plants. Andrés Sardá’s offering is inspired by Latin American culture and women from the ‘50s; his collection blends luxury and a popular feel to create sensual, sophisticated designs. Sita Murt presents a very different female figure, an urban woman inspired by New York City’s Meatpacking District who lives and breathes city in apparel crafted of pieces of wool and silk which transmit a sense of comfort.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York

Custo Barcelona’s newest collection graced the runway at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Debuting surprising designs, with purer lines and neutral colors such as pale beiges, off-whites, and pinks, Custo added a new point of view to the characteristic colors, prints, and graphics he is known for.

Toni Francesc, a regular on U.S. catwalks, presented a collection whose pieces were brought together by the common theme of the phoenix. In an allusion to the difficult times we are living in, the show narrated the history of this mythological bird known to set itself aflame only to be reborn from its own ashes. Featuring sculptured yet voluminous pieces, Francesc’s collection played with contrasts, juxtaposing shades of ash gray and black wool with orange, red, and golden silk.

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