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‘Made in Spain’: Absolutely Fashionable 1 – Young Designers – MBFWM 16

SEEN at the catwalk for MBFWM 16: Elena Rial, 44Studio and Habey SS17.

SEEN at the catwalk for MBFWM 16: Elena Rial, 44Studio and Habey SS17.

With so many fashion events and top shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid (MBFWM) usually goes unnoticed by the rest of the fashion world. Few Spanish designers (at least those based in Spain) rise to international fame. However, Madrid has certainly become the capital of celebrating the Spanish spirit and way of life, full of Mediterranean light and flavour; features that many of us love.

With that in mind, SEEN relished the invitation to participate in the 64th edition of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, and we left the Spanish capital with a very good impression of the way fashion is going in this country. We can confirm that Spanish fashion designers have agreed on one thing this time: they all feel comfortable with, and proud of their Spanish roots. These have been used as inspiration to create authentic and honest collection proposals for Spring/Summer 2017.

Emerging designers – the future talents that will lead the way for Spanish fashion – had their own space at Samsung EGO showroom, where current top names María Ke Fisherman and Luke Leandro Cano began in the fashion world.

SEEN recommends that you watch out for names such as Elena Rial, a Berlin-based young Spanish designer that won the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Talent Award for her Spring/Summer 17 collection titled Rumspringa. Mennonites, Old Believers, Hutterites, Beachy Amish and Amish were the inspiration for Elena Rial’s collection, especially during their Rumspringa, a word of German origin that refers to a very important period of Amish teenagers: it’s the only time when they can change the way they dress, wear trainers and printed clothes, and put on makeup, go out of their community to explore the outside world and decide whether they want to go back or stay in the city. Her collection explored the style of those communities who have adopted a completely different lifestyle to that of modern society, and who choose to reject most technological breakthroughs in favour of a modest and simple aesthetic. Contact her at www.elenarial.com

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44 Studio, a duo famous for their unisex collections, formed by designer Franx de Cristal and multi-faceted Xavi García, have participated in three previous editions and give their farewell to Samsung Ego catwalk with this Spring/Summer 17 collection called Nomads, which may give us a hint of the future internationalisation of their brand. The 44 Studio brand’s headquarters is 44STORE, a concept-boutique located in the heart of Madrid that opened in September 2014. Their collections can also be bought online at www.44store.es and will probably have a big say in upcoming Spanish fashion trends.

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Habey is another young name made up by creative duo Javier Zunzunegui and David Salvador, two talented emerging artists who are participating in this show for the first time. This collection, with Spanish designer Ana Locking as their mentor, has been inspired by Holland and their famous tulip fields, with traditional Dutch aprons taking new shapes and colours in skirts and trousers made of neoprene rubber material or elastic piqué cotton. Shop their collections online at habeyclub.tictail.com

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With regards to established Spanish designers, SEEN had the honour to be invited to the shows of some of the most interesting names in the Spanish fashion world. Amongst the big names are brands such as Ailanto and Alvarno, who represent the cosmopolitan way of creating Spanish fashion, and Juana Martín and Luke Leandro Cano, who lead another wave of genuine, born-and-bred Spanish designing talents.

SEEN reviews to follow, keep in touch with the latest news of ‘Made in Spain’ as it becomes more and more fashionable.

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Photography courtesy of Ugo Camera/IFEMA

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