From introspective collections to the ultimate wardrobe for a weekend on the slopes: Here are the designers that caught our eye at last week’s event.
Whenever we catch wind of an emerging designer, there is little else we like to do than scour their freshly glossed lookbooks. However, since its inception, 080 Barcelona Fashion has been doing this for us — with this year marking its fourth digital edition, choosing the breathtaking Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA) as this year’s main set. With enchanting new collections from the likes of the familiar Reveligion and The (Real) Garcia, alongside striking new attitudes from the likes of Menchen Tomas, this year’s event was undoubtedly one we won’t soon forget.
So to have a look at the action that you may have missed, head below…
During that awkward transition between WFH wardrobes and office-appropriate attire, many of us were wishing for a collection of outfits that satisfied the perks of both: providing comfortability while still looking presentable — and above all, fashionable. It was this concept that birthed OLD MONEY, the latest collection of Menchen Tomas. Drawing unique fabrics and cuts straight from the tennis courts, maxi slip dresses feature — consisting of a diamond-shaped netting throughout. Elsewhere, feather-adorned bandeaus are paired with vivid flared trousers, contrasting extravagance with effortless comfort. Throughout the entire collection, designer Olga Menchen blends the elegance and status of formalwear with the comfort and ease of sports clothing — creating a wide range of looks to wear to the office, to a sunny rooftop bar, or at home when you need your own personal fashion fix.
Later on in the day, The (Real) Garcia came armed with a totally fresh perspective — turning their attention to the outdated formalities of men’s clothing. The (Real) Garcia placed a sizeable priority on comfort within their pieces, opting for oversized cuts and ballooned silhouettes to allow freedom of movement. Maintaining an element of authoritative uniform, many of the ensembles carried an air of sophistication, while their updated relaxed fits ensured a slightly more modern and urban slant.
Providing a stunning display, Reveligion unveiled their defiant and fierce collection titled Parallel Lines. Forming a capsule of loud garments for women, the exaggerated tulle skirts and puffy high neck tops keep volume as the running theme — an ironic play on the outdated narrative that a woman must remain tamed and unseen. Though many of the dresses emanate a fairytale-esque flair, the traditional silhouettes have been radicalised to celebrate the importance of female expression. Amongst the pieces, we see sky-high hemlines, missing lining and nipple-exposing fabrics — a powerful commentary that reclaims the female body and voice and gives it back to its rightful owner.
Marking a poignant start to the second day of the fashion week roundup, we have Eñaut, who returned to the Catalan show to pay a harrowing tribute to the environmental catastrophe caused by the Prestige 20 years ago — an event that caused over 21,000 tons of oil to spill into the sea. Elements of panic and reflection are seen throughout the colour palette of the pieces, which for the most part consisted of black, white or/and red. With a sinister black paint dripping through the garments, as well as covering every model’s bare fingers — symbolizing the part in which humans played in the disaster.
Proving themselves to be firm believers that there’s devil’s in the detail, Yolancris rocked up to fashion week with a hand-crafted collection that boasts the allure of exclusivity as well as the soft touch of luxury. From intricately woven embroidery to textured satin articles, the entire collection can be considered a true reflection of the pleasures of haute couture. Using fabrics such as leather and velvet, the designer is led by the materials to construct pieces that reflect the individuality and charm of the 60s.
Bringing the second day of shows to a close, and fittingly doing the same for our roundup, Lola Casademunt by Maite transported us to the mountains with their elegant capsule: Aspen Glam. Featuring fluffy avant-garde trappers to emblematic co-ords to snow-coloured moon boots, the entire capsule is as fun and inviting as a weekend at Aprés Ski. Injecting high-end fashion into practical wear, Lola Casademunt by Maite inspires us all to brave new heights and environments in style — and in turn has us booking our flights for a weekend at the slopes.