Last Tuesday was the closing of the 51st edition of Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week. Old school big shot Spanish designers like Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Adolfo Dominquez, and Angel Schlesser (pictured above at right) were in the house as well as the new reigning regime of; Teresa Helbig, known for her beautiful bridal gowns and funky dresses fit for a fiesta-savvy fashionista, Davidelfin (pictured above at left), the 10 year veteran of the Spanish fashion scene who’s impressing international press with his sexy androgynous aesthetic, Basque designer Ion Fiz (that’s his real name) with his modern femme-sophisticate prendas (clothing).
Fifty designers in total held runway shows during the six-day feria 10 of which, presented in the first day of shows titled “El Ego.” For the first time a full jornada of the most promising newcomers in Spanish moda took over the runway to kick off Madrid Fashion week. Up until this year El Ego was simply a showroom housing the collections of rising estrellas in the Cibeles tents.
Another first for Madrid Fashion Week was the creation of the BloggerSpace, an area reserved for pre-approved fashion bloggers to update their electronic diaries with up-to- the-minute coverage and musings of the espactaculo. Under the criteria of having at least 2,000 daily visits, 18 bloggers in total passed muster and were in attendance. Even though Spain can lag behind when it comes to new media and technology they have grasped onto the trend and most designers have online tiendas, paginas web and there are countless fashion blogs solely about moda en espana.
I didnâ€™t catch news of any fashion-y events except for Yo Donaâ€™s Homage to Spanish Fashions and Harper Bazaarâ€™s launch party for their Spanish edition where Leona Lewis performed songs from her latest album. This undeniably makes me happy to know finally after the initial news broke about the upcoming launch Harperâ€™s has finally arrived. But still, no other flashing light bulbs, flowing bubbly and invite-only parties for Spainâ€™s fashion world elite. It could be that a marathon of extravagant parties would have been in bad taste considering that the country’s current financial crisis the country.
However a recent El Pais article, “Cibeles quiere recuperar el optimismo,”stated that this particular edition of Madrid Fashion Week showed signs that the worst of the crisis is over and things are back on the upswing with sponsors exceeding last years donations by 100,000 euros. Itâ€™s good to know that here the fashion biz is coming back and that the gainfully employed will be able to estar de las tendencies come fall. With that, I leave you with some of the runway scenes from fall/winter 2010 Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week.
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