Barcelona’s Fashion’s Night Out with Elite

Last month, I attended the final competition for the Spanish leg of the Elite Model Look 2010 competition. It was a nice fashion-y substitute for the prior evening’s most happening event—Vogue’s Fashion Night Out. No invite for me but I doubt anyone with a Barcelona zip code was on the guest list since, as always, it was taking place in Madrid. Barcelona is very cool but sadly, the city is often overlooked for its bigger, more international sister city.

My novio was dead tired and not up for going out with all the preparation for his next short, Three Steps to Happiness, but I dragged him along with the promise of front row seats to see leggy, up-and-coming bombshells. Big mistake. I forgot, the novio isn’t at all a model-izer and finds their skinny, awkward frames less than pleasing. But I still managed to coerce him into going by reminding him that our attendance was in support of our pal, the director of Elite Spain. She’s sweetie-pie, a gorgeous dead-ringer for Milla Jovovich, who also happens to be one of my closest amigas. Surprise, surprise, she is a model too!

After several months of scouring the country for homegrown talent 16 of las mas guapas, delgadas y altas strutted their stuff in front of proud parents, friends and other industry VIPS. I felt for each of the girls—and I mean girls because none of them could have been over 16 years-old—as they did their very best to work their recently aquired model walk in 5-inch heels in front opinionated gazes. Some visually wobbly with nerves but still held their own for amateurs.

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Geo, Raquel, Alba

Unlike any other runway shows I have attended, this was the first that showcased a flamenco performance with a live band. I had to give it up for the soloist because she stomped, dragged and kicked her heels for a 10 minute set and didn’t miss the beat once. The all girl rock band Santa Rita performed as well, pumping up the crowd for the final climax for the announcement of the winner. There were two runner-ups: Alba Solana and Geo Perez Mengual (diggin’ the nombre, Geo) with the top nod going to Raquel Moreno Schumann.

Next up for the teen is 10 days in Shanghai to compete with all of the top picks from Elite’s global agency. Hm, will Spain come out on top? Who knows and when the winner was announced, it didn’t matter. She and all her new found friends squealed with delight of her new title “Elite Spain Top Model.” My own squealing began an hour or so later when I finally achieved a crisp glass of bubbly at the cocktail party. Hooray! Free-flowing cocktails, models (so what they are just starting out) and other local celebs and hipsters. I guess I did have my very own Fashion Night Out!

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