Honestly, I have to admit that I went to Fashion Week only at Anuszka’s insistence. After all, it is her who is the fashion specialist. To me fashion is like marriage to a priest. Anyway, I live here, so it would have been a shame to miss such an event. All this time I was accompanied by two friends of mine – Ewa, who knows a lot more about fahion than myself and by the way – she’s going to join our Blagers family pretty soon – and Ginna (who knows, maybe also our future sister), who works in Barcelona as a stylist.

I asked them about their impressions. As I actually expected, Ewa had much more to say regarding the whole event and catwalk shows than me. Here’s a commentary, prepared by her especially for Blagers:

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Fashion es mierda. This is what I saw on a bulding’s wall while scampering enthusiastically towards my first Fashion Week in Barcelona. I felt quite confused and I didn’t know what to expect at all.  080 Fashion Barcelona  is the most important fashion event in Barcelona. Sponsored by Catalonia’s government, it presents regional designer’s collections twice a year. It gives the opportunity not only to admire fashion itself, but also to be in buildings very often non-available for the ordinary people. 17. edition 080 Fashion Barcelona opened the gates to Casa Llotja de Mar that was built in 14th century palace. It stole my heart even before the shows started. The arts and fasion, classic and modernity were fusing themselves together into some kind of symbiosis here. A place where Royal Academy of Fine Arts was in the past, a place where none other than Picasso took lessons constituted a perfect background for collections presented on fashion runways. It was the place that 080 Barcelona Fashion Week got its first plus for from me. The second one – for the cosiness. The third one – for a lovely atmosphere. Everyone was remarkably open-minded and making new interactions was very easy. 5 days, 32 fashion shows. Each one was different but every one special. Presented collections reflected the city’s spirit. The fashion like on L’Eixample streets, so basically very elegant but also comfortable, was presented by such brands as: CELIA VELA, MIQUEL SUAY, TCN, ESCORPION, EDGAR CARRASAL, WOM&NOW, NAULOVER, SITA MURT or CUSTO BARCELONA. CARLOTAOMS, PAU ESTEVE, KRIZIA ROBUSTELLA, PABLO ERROZ, PUNTO BLANCO, LYLE&SCOTT, LEBOR GABALA and JUSTICIA RUANO on the other hand demonstrated sports modernity and minimalism typical for El Born district. The most scenic shows, that referred to the magic of El Barri Gòtic to were: ‘Oh Judy, I need your love’ by MANUEL BOLANO as well as ‘Conventual’ by TXELL MIRAS. I was charmed by both of them. Manuel Bolano invited us to his artistic performace. Instead of walking on the runway, the models were just standing on it and their portraits were being painted in full view of the audience.  By doing this, the designer combined two branches of art: painting and fashion, putting the latter on the pedestal. Txell Miras, in turn, chose the Christian history of Gòtico. Her clothes were presented by models/nuns that were moving on the runway to the rythm of ringing church bells. The most shocking and unconventional show, as El Raval, was the one of BRAIN&BEAST. The collection inspired by popculture, urban and social life was presented on the runway by ordinary people. What’s more, a part of them was styled as the homeless, with holey socks on their feet and rubbish bags in their hands. It was definitely the most hardcore and the most memorable fashion show of that Fashion Week. My favourite.

  • BRAIN&BEAST
  • BRAIN&BEAST
  • BRAIN&BEAST
  • BRAIN&BEAST
  • BRAIN&BEAST
  • BRAIN&BEAST
  • BRAIN&BEAST
  • BRAIN&BEAST
  • BRAIN&BEAST
  • BRAIN&BEAST
  • BRAIN&BEAST
  • BRAIN&BEAST
  • BRAIN&BEAST

After 5 days in 080 Fashion Barcelona I can comfortably say, that fashion no es mierda and it is still fine. What was fascinating was the diversity of the collections and the fantasy o the designers. It was the first time in Barcelona when I had the opportunity to see dance and choral performances opening the fashion shows. And despite the fact that 090 Fashion Barcelona is basically a local event, there’s a great potential in it.

Ginna, in a rush as usual, comments on shortly:

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If we talk about tendencies and young talents, we talk about 080 Barcelona Fashion. The last edition of Catalan fashion presented some of the new emerging designers, new collections, the whole of it full of character topped by the spectacular place. The people of Barcelona suggest streetstyle and many new tendencies. It was a great pleasure to see so much art again.

               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

What about my impressions?

Well, it was the first time for me to be on such an event, so I have nothing to compare it to. There was a wide variety of young people dressed elegant and stylish. To be honest, I expected some fashion extravagance, but there was no such. Of coure, there were some men wearing dresses, short tops and high heels, but nothing more “hardcore”. Quite a big part of the audience was constituted by women and men at the age of approx. 40, and even the elderly around 80 years old! It turns out it is never too late for fashion.

I particularly liked the place where the whole show was organised. Casa Llotja de Mar is a big, old, gothic building placed in the very center of Barcelona, the construction of which was started as early as in 14th century.

Apart from that, free champagne and beer were very beneficial and probably they were the main cataliyst in making interactions with people. People seemed to be very blunt, nice and keen on talking with us. We’ve made some acquaintances that I hope to will grow and bring benefits to both sides.

Broadly speaking, I liked all of the fashion parades as shows. It was something new for me, so I watched the models and what they wore and listened to the music soundtrack with great interest. When it comes to clothes and the whole arrangement, I liked the most PAU ESTEVE and CARLOTAOMS during the first day and on the second day it was ESCORPION that made the biggest impression on me. The third day – OSCARLEON and WOM&NOW, and the fourth – BRAIN&BEAST, that closed the weekly shows and was – I truly accept what Ewa said –   the best fashion show of the whole 080 Barcelona Fashion.

  • CARLOTAOMS
  • CARLOTAOMS

  • ESCORPION
  • ESCORPION

  • KRIZIA ROBUSTELLA
  • KRIZIA ROBUSTELLA

  • OSCARLEON
  • OSCARLEON
  • OSCARLEON

  • WOM&NOW
  • WOM&NOW
  • WOM&NOW
  • WOM&NOW
  • WOM&NOW

  • PUNTO BLANCO
  • PUNTO BLANCO

  • CUSTO BARCELONA
  • MANUEL BOLANO
  • NAULOVER

Another fashion week is going to be in July and I am sure that Anuszka will fully cover this event for you then!

Photos from www.080barcelonafashion.cat/ as well as our own.

Translation: Ewa Hoffman