Tongue-in-cheek slogan tees, sunset fabrics and tactical nip slip vests: a look at our fave collections at 080.
Barcelona can do no wrong in our eyes. The balmy heat. The sweeping bustling beach stretch. The mouth-watering eats. And let’s not forget, the distinctive fashion scene. Yes, the dazzling colour palettes, ostentatious nods to heritage and the sultry heat of the collections that pour forth from Barcelona Fashion Week every year.
And this year was no exception, marking its 25th edition, with the international fashion industry turning their heads once again to the Catalan capital for four days. With the current global pandemic, the show swiftly switched up, implementing a glittering digital showroom.
Here were our highlights…
Discover the Editors’ Picks here.
Year in, year out, Brain & Beast is here to serve us some tongue-in-cheek realness, courtesy of its emotive designs, fed by fast-flowing contemporary culture. Every ensemble sent out on the runway serves as a sartorial wink; check the “hell” knit, complete with a Shell logo – how apt in such tumultuous times? And A+ for accessories – we’ll be wearing raven headpieces and sailor hats all the way into the winter…
The future is bright, the future is Custo Barcelona, if you couldn’t tell. Created in the early 1980s by the Dalmau brothers, Custo and David, one glance and you can tell that their journey has taken them bolt headfirst into times past our own. Blade Runner-esque mini macs, hologram platforms, spacesuit-style dungarees and longline coats streaked with code-like print.
If we were to procure the exact colour palette that is the last evening of your holiday: sunset-streaked ocean waves hitting the hue of blue – we know a brand that have nailed it. Named after the Japanese phonetic translation of ‘glory’ and ‘love’, eikō ai is truly special, and the new collection cements this speculation. Feminine silhouettes, crisp textures and the surprising pop of neon under the most fairy-wing gossamer slips.
Take us on safari, we demand! Banging our hands loutishly on whatever flat surface we can procure. This is exactly the sentiment drummed up by Maite by Lola Casademunt, which recalls Mogambo, the iconic 1953 film starring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, and Grace Kelly – but this time loaded with colour. Dreamy long-flowing two pieces, eye-searing stripes and some apt headwear steal the show.
And it wouldn’t be Barcelona Fashion Week without the established and beloved brand Mans – a passage into a more tailored, personal and sumptuous future. Influenced by both Saville Row, Japanese technique and youth subcultures, the result is an altogether reimagined approach to masculinity. Think OTT lime blazers with ankle-grazing ties, the silkiest graphic shirts (exposed chests are a must), and tactical nip slips in the cheekiest racer-front vests.