Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear
September 08, 2013 New York
Madrid-based label Delpozo made a splash with its New York fashion week debut last season and delivered again for Spring with a positively enchanting collection inspired by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's portrait of a Gypsy woman with a tambourine. Creative director Josep Font, who relaunched the storied Spanish brand just over a year ago, has become known for his unique "prêt-à-couture" that combines unexpected volumes with intricate embellishments in a modern, unstuffy way. Font opened with a romantic off-the-shoulder top and dramatic, structured ball skirt clipped above the ankles, which echoed the one in the nineteenth-century painting. He showed several iterations of that statement-making silhouette (shaped by old-school hoopskirt petticoats) throughout the lineup. A sunflower-printed chiffon version looked cool paired with a relaxed gingham top, and the floral appliquéd white finale number would be stunning on a summer bride. While those structured skirts appeared to be straight out of a twenty-first-century fairy tale, they had almost zero real-world appeal. Fortunately, Font also offered covetable daytime options, including a cap-sleeve linen jacket with braided trim and matching matador-inspired trousers, as well as a densely embroidered raffia dress and macramé lace culottes. Overall, the lineup was simultaneously strong and feminine and suggested a promising future for Delpozo and Font.