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July 23 2014

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What Made Balenciaga Balenciaga, And Other Intricacies of Spanish Fashion

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In the annals of fashion history, certain countries (France, Italy, England, the U.S.) get their fair share of credit, and deservedly so. But the contributions of Spain are lesser known, even though the work of Spanish designers has been some of the most influential in history—think of Cristobal Balenciaga or the Lanvin couturier Antonio del Castillo. The new Geografía de la Moda Española gives them and their countrymen their due. Edited by Modesto Lomba, president of the Spanish Fashion Designers’ Association, and with a preface by Style.com’s Candy Pratts Price, the book pays tribute to the breadth of Spanish design and the ingenuity of Spanish designers, from the well enshrined (Mariano Fortuny) to the rising international stars (like Davidelfin’s David DelfĂ­n, or Juanjo Oliva, whose designs are pictured above). Style.com spoke to Lomba about the history and legacy of Iberian design.

Are there signatures of Spanish fashion?
Spanish designers have been using traditional elements as inspirations—the whole image of the torero, the bullfighter, or the folk elements of the region. But so have some international designers. Spanish fashion has a lot of history to support it, but fashion today is global. So Spanish fashion is influenced not only by its own history but also by other modern designers throughout the world. To go out of Spain is also important, but to have that basis of Spanish history, and the roots of Spanish design, makes it easier to be truly international.

The book is called Geografía de la Moda EspañolaThe Geography of Spanish Fashion. Are there significant regional differences throughout Spain, in terms of style?
Spain is very diverse. If you go, for example, to the south, designs are more ornamented; in the north, they are much simpler. That’s one of the reasons why Balenciaga favored such clean, linear design—it was, in part, because of where in Spain he was. Right now, the runway in Cibeles, in Madrid, that’s the one that represents the whole aesthetic of Spain. The runway in Barcelona is much more regional; it’s representing Cataluña. Right now, if, for example, a journalist wants to know what’s going on, it would be Madrid, and not Barcelona.

Are there areas where Spanish design is ahead of its international counterparts?
One of the things that might differentiate Spanish fashion from other leading countries is that, if you take somewhere like Italy, they’re focusing more on the big corporations and the big fashion brands. Spain is focusing more on the young talent. That support allows them to be more creative, really to explode their own creativity.

Photo: Juan Gatti for ACME

JPG For All, Beckham At The White House, And More…

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Jean Paul Gaultier is the latest designer rumored to be getting the Target treatment. First Rodarte, now the French…what’s next? Maybe a diffusion line of looks from Cristobal Balenciaga’s archives. Sure to have mass appeal. [WWD]

As if the abuse he’s been getting in the blogosphere hasn’t been enough, Kanye West has now been invited to a formal roast. Whatever will they do for material? [Page Six]

You may have heard that Burberry is showing in London this season. More than once. Well, it’s a big deal, OK? So big that Christopher Bailey is documenting the whole thing on his cell phone. [The Moment]

Silence, haters. Victoria Beckham is a real designer. Jennifer Lopez is the latest very-famous-person to wear one of Posh’s dresses, and she wore it, drumroll please, to the White House. This means the likelihood of MObama wearing Beckham just got exponentially higher. [Daily Mail]

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Blasblog From Barcelona: Oscar And Co. Jet In For Mango

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Oscar de la Renta knows a thing or two about presentation. And I’m not just talking about the perfect pintucked cocktail blouse here. The designer, who’s in Barcelona to present the Mango Fashion Award to a designer today, was the guest of honor at a party hosted by the city’s mayor last night. Having trained in Madrid with no less a Spanish legend than Cristobal Balenciaga, de la Renta chose the venue himself, and, naturally, the Venetian palazzo-style government building set high on a hill was stunning. “This is an amazing moment, no?” the designer said as the sun set over the city. The interior was just as thrilling, with ornate fixtures and antiquities lining the walls—”like the inside of a wedding cake,” somebody said. At dinner there was a place setting reserved for a Mr. Rafael Nadal next to Oscar’s very excited fledging designer son Moises. (The de la Rentas’ appreciation of tennis is well documented; they have center-court seats at the U.S. Open every year.) When he was a no-show, de la Renta fils was disappointed, but only until he was he told that this was a different Nadal than the player currently ranked No. 1. In the end, Leigh Lezark wound up taking his seat. “Not a bad replacement,” Moises said. The night finished with a performance from a traditional Spanish guitarist and a very spirited singer and flamenco dancer. “Now, that’s a diva,” said Solange Knowles. More on Mango’s $350,000 prize winner and Knowles’ performance later.

 

 

Photo: Derek Blasberg