Throughout January and February it’s fashion week-galore, but sandwiched between the headline-grabbers od London, Paris and Milan this month was 080 Barcelona Fashion Week; Spain’s premiere fashion showcase for event menswear and womenswear design.
Held this year in the National Theatre of Catalonia, the bi-annual event hosted 33 designers including ES Collection, Custo Barcelona and Brain & Beast. Here, in no particular, are our four favourite cutting-edge collections from the week…
ES Collection are most famous for their underwear, but this season showed us their darker side with a full collection of underwear and apparel mixing dark colours with metallic finishes that, together with the play of proportions and textures, make up a very contemporary and spontaneous collection.
The show had several British models walking including Michael Morgan at Wilhelmina Models and O’Shea at Select Model Management as well as Spanish supermodel Jabel Balbuena.
Daniel Rosa who has only been showing for just under a year presented a fashion forward wardrobe of utility wear coats and jackets, knitwear, cargo and vertical striped trousers all in snowy white/greens and navy. Detailed stitching and zips. The collection is all very wearable with a high fashion edge.
Are best known for their lounge and nightwear with this season taking inspiration from two different cultures and lifestyles: Japanese and Nordic. Although they are very different, they meet at a certain point and have a common axis: the search for a simpler way of life. Soft fabrics in shades of blues, greens and white can be seen on long dressing gown like coats with intricate Japanese designs.
Our personal favourite of the week had to be Brain & Beast. Founded by Angel Vilda in 2010, the brand’s new collection PLAYBACK was conceived as a ‘hypnagogic’ journey; a set of intense visual, auditory and tactile perceptions that appear in the intermediate state between being awake and sleeping, whose link to reality is not clear but are experienced as real.
Brash slogans like ‘Empty Hole’ and ‘Deny Me’ were plastered across t-shirts and accessories as a dystopian mix of tracksuits denim stormed the runway. The collection was reminiscent of John Galliano’s early work, and is definitely one to watch out for.