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DESIGNERS OF THE WORLD – IED Barcelona

Really cool works by the students of the Barcelona Design School IED. The BA in Fashion Design Graduates developed their final course thesis centered on the concept: “Designers of the world”. A theme that encompasses styles, languages and cultures around the world that are transmitted through fabrics, colors, patterns and surprising volumes.

The collections revolve around the ideas of interconnection and interculturality which are reflected in the design of different looks that represent the constant transformation of modern society and the world of fashion.

NIGHTTIME STORY by Ellionor Linqvist

Night and fears have served as inspiring elements of “Nighttime Story” collection. The designer recalls the moment when the lights go out and fears resurface as a ghost taking.
The designs are reminiscent of the classic sleepwear and prints adopt forms of nocturnal creatures. The pieces in the collection are characterized by the volume and layering, balancing between black infantile innocence.

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URBAN TREATS by Kasia Niewiarowska

“Urban Treats” draws on the modern city, the urban fabric and architectural forms that welcome a broad unpredictable colorful and busy culture. It is a collection inspired by the summer and aimed at young women who are not afraid to show off.
Garments pay tribute to the broad cosmopolitan full range of architectural forms, proportions, lines and cuts carefully plans nals where you find many references to different cultures and subcultures: turbans, hats, scarves, parkas, jackets and even burkas. The idea is to go for comfortable clothing, large forms, very colorful as well as sports and breathable materials that blend with pleated organza to convey elegance which also boasts the urban scene.

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THE COLLECTOR by Martin Across

Martin Across won with this collection the ModaFad prize and his work was shown at the latest 080 Barcelona Fashion.

“The Collector” reflects a link between past and present using old objects and toys adapted to the modern world. The collection aims to keep the memory alive, remodeling shape, color and material elements of classic take on new meaning in today’s world.
The silhouettes remain straight and structured forms that are mixed with excessive and bulky layers. Soft and bright colors like white, beige and turquoise contrast with each other and evoke nature. The fabrics and materials used in the design of the garments have an epoch feel and take us back in time.

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HEALING by Mercedes Arnús

The collection shows the use of cuts and holes formed by layers, leaving skin as the main element of the collection. All designs are white, a color that conveys clarity and brightness and lots of textures that are combined together. “Healing” combines futuristic materials such as neoprene or mesh with other more basic as cotton or silk, and shows the contrast and breakage by overlapping and symmetrical layers.

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DEMO by Natalia Sushchenko

The collection is inspired by the underground culture “Demoscene” of the late 90s formed by young computer that influenced an entire generation to consider the computer as an extension of their minds without limits. The designs refer to this generation of computer experts and their connection to the technology world.
The patterns of the garments resemble a cyber-map and fabrics mimic a graphic video pixelated. The pieces reproduce visuals waveform, skirts cascading effect and prints reminiscent techniques tight high technology. The color palette is loaded from a Web blue, while the glossy shine that dominates the collection creates a visual exuberance.

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DINO by Simone Soon Kamph

“Dino” is inspired by the ancient dinosaur movies as “The Lost World” in 1925 and “The Beast from 20,000 arms” of 1953. A film purporting to be scary and terrible but now has become funny and sarcastic by the simplicity of production. The collection tries to convey the aggressiveness that projected dinosaurs in movies through fun and irony.
Garments are large and bulkier materials are mixed with softer ones creating a contrast. The pieces in the collection are full of accessories, colors, details and textures take a handcrafted look that blends with the triangular shapes that reference the classic symbol of the dinosaur. This collection won the ‘Best of the Best’ IED award and was a finalist at the ModaFAD.

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Jää by Lula Swimsuits

To find independent swimwear brands is not the easiest thing, but lately I’ve found several interesting new labels that offer a more unique approach to bikinis and one pieces. Jää by Lula is one of them. The brand was created by Lula Pubill Masó in 2012 after her graduation (and award for best collection) of the Felicidad Duce fashion School of Barcelona.

Lula designs her bathing suits with lycra tulle, a rare material in the swimwear, which makes them more delicate and feminine. She produces limited editions in Barcelona. As inspiration, she often deal with themes related to the environment, universe, nature, etc.. Having sustainability in mind, she uses organic cotton bags as packaging instead of plastic ones. 2014 The new collection is called “JellyFish”. As the name suggests, it refers to jellyfish and these are the source of inspiration for these feminine  swimsuits.

EF-What is your ideal holiday destination?
JBL-Any beach away from the crowds. But always with the best company!

EF-What is your perfect swimsuit?
JBL-One piece swimsuit with a sexy open back. The swimsuit slims much more than a bikini, something that many women ignore. There are more daring and modern designs that are close to trikini and still retain the elegance of a swimsuit.

EF-would you recommend to someone who is looking for new bathing suit?
JBL
a) If you have big breasts, it is best to use, both in a bikini and swimsuit, triangle or halter neckline. Use the ones that have support
b) Little Chest: Any neckline will do it, but if the top is stuffed,  you’ll look more feminine.
c) Separate Boobs: Bustier neckline.
d) To hide belly: Definitely a one piece, if the neckline is pronounced you’ll get a better effect. Dark colors stylize your figure.
e) Wide Hips: Knickers or whole wide culotte type swimsuits with plunging necklines.
f) Low Hip: Brief tied low on the side or trikini.
g) Enhance your bottom: Brief shirred in the back.
h) If you are short, use a bikini small pieces, like a mini triangle low panties. If you prefer a swimsuit one piece, plunging necklines and straps crossed in back enhance and stylize your figure.
i) Long-waisted girl: Use any type bikinis bustier or crop top, very on trend.

What do you think? Do you like to innovate with swimwear? Or you go with the traditional black?

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Colmillo de Morsa SS14 – Tongatapu

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One of the most promising up-and-coming brands of Barcelona’s fashion scene, Colmillo de Morsa, presents now it’s spring collection with a beautiful serie of pictures that breathe pure summer. The name of the collection refers to Tongatupu, main island of Tonga, part of Polynesia, and it’s made of colorful pieces with textures in the form of details in skin (a hallmark of the brand), metallics, traditional embroidery and an original print by illustrator Mikel Pascal. This time we see a brighter light from duo Blanco-Vallecillo’s creative dimension. Elegant and fun, here the video of the collection to start dreaming of summer.

Wilder Shores, a new brand from Barcelona

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Wilder Shores is a new brand by young designer Laura Vaquero that wants to offer an alternative to mass produced fashion. Every garment is one-of-a-kind, designed and made in Barcelona. Laura is an old student of mine from IDEP and I’m very happy to see her walking her first steps as independent designer. Hard-worker, always with a smile and full of energy, she is making justice to her special spirit with this first collection. The prices are more than reasonable (around €40), so if you are looking for something special for your everyday looks, here is the link.

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