It’s that time of the year again! Here are our best bits from 080 Barcelona Fashion Week.
The global fashion calendar has been well and truly heating up this month, and that’s not just because of this April heatwave. With news of a double Met Gala bonanza and this Sunday’s past Academy Awards, the 080 Barcelona Fashion Week takes the cake for showcasing some of this season’s most dazzling ensembles. After the year we’ve all had, it’s about time we get back to fun on the runway, don’t you think?
We here at Wonderland love a good list of best bits, so we’ve compiled a few of our favourite shows that you can sink your fashionable chops into whilst also keeping your wardrobe up to par. No need to thank us, or send flowers, your continued patronage is enough. Let’s begin!
Ravensbourne Fashion Design MA graduate Antonio Marcial was the first to catch our eye with his striking formalwear fusions for AW21. Think lilac blazers with cutout shoulder blades paired with mid-riff bearing pleated skirts, or ruched denim vests accented by pale orange straps and distressed gloves. Laying the foundations for his brand when COVID-19 struck the world last March, Marcial has come on leaps and bounds since, already blessed with an army of clients who are ravenous for his androgynous gowns and asymmetric two-pieces that cling and melt off the body – all at the same time!
Yolanda Pérez Álvarez has fashioned up a 70s wonderland on the runway this season, with dresses chock-full of tiered lace, pants with mesmerising patterns and pleats galore, and of course, some good old fashioned flares. Not one to dwell too much in the past, Álvarez revives the 90s’ once beloved baseball cap in shades of crisp white and mint green, giving her draped (and sometimes feathery) confections a time-travelling quality for those of us who like to pull from every decade.
Ever wondered how it’d feel to be a shape collage on Microsoft Paint, or how you could make a latex body bag look chic like Laura Palmer from Twin Peaks? You need wonder no more after delving into the latest collection by Albert Sánchez and Sebastián Cameras. The designing duo was inspired by the energy created by individuals in the spaces they inhabit, and the subsequent tension this creates. Manifesting in sleek vests, jeans that slope at the waist and cropped vests that envelope their wearer in stretchy hoods, we reckon they’ve hit the nail on its sharp and jagged head.
Paloma Wool’s Paloma Lanna has been hard at work for AW21, creating a colossal collection that spotlights huge knitted petticoats and floating jackets. Lanna’s practice is all about navigating spaces in relation to dressing yourself, so if that means towering thousands of meters above a lusciously printed gown, or donning a set of wooden paraglider wings, so be it. You want skirts made from unravelling satchels, or slinky tops in bold optical illusion prints? Lanna has you covered for any occasion, a master of purposeful (and generally gorgeous) design.
LR3 is a passion project developed from over 15 years in the fashion business, be it as an image director, merchandiser or even a collection coordinator. Made up of 10 distinct patterns, to which the LR3 tweaked and developed over time, the brand wants us to celebrate the best bits of summer in all of its colourful glory. Adopting an array of light fabrics, from linen to cotton, and a rich palette of blues, reds, and creams, LR3 are giving a whole new meaning to the oversized silhouette, and we’re gobbling it up like a gang of thirsty hyenas…