Crossing the Waist Line in Madrid

Of all the Spring-Summer 2018 collections that were shown by Spanish designers during New York and Madrid Fashion Weeks last month, there were two that particularly appealed to me. The first collection was by Menchén Tomàs, a designer I did not know much about, and the second one by Dolores Cortés, a prolific swimwear designer from Valencia and an old favorite of this blog, thanks to her many collaborations with Spanish shoes and accessories designers. In both collections, the creative energy seems to center on the waist. Of course, a slim waist is the most coveted summer accessory - you really do not need much else to look good in the summer. However, in the Menchén Tomàs and Dolores Cortés collections a lot more happens at the waist than first meets the eye.

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Shoes and Accessories MBFW Madrid II

The MBFW Madrid – the event the Spanish fashion crowd affectionately refers to as “La Merche“, rolls on here at the Spanishoegallery Blog with more highlights from my favourite collections.

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Shoes and Accessories MBFW Madrid I

Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Madrid Fall-Winter 2017-18 edition dazzled with a great number of remarkable collections by the Who-Is-Who of Spanish designers,complete with fashion shoes and accessories made specifically for the occasion, in collaboration with some of the best Spanish shoe brands.

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English Touch, Spanish Soul In Madrid

English touch tends to fare extremely well in Spanish fashion, often blossoming into things of remarkable beauty. The cross-channel magic was on full display in the Spring-Summer 2017 collection by Ulises Mérida, presented on September 17 at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, which is wrapping up today.

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Holy Thursday Mantilla: Life and Fashion

The Holy Thursday mantilla is a magnificent and striking tradition in Spain, on display in Seville yesterday, where many women of the city gathered to participate in Easter solemnities. The mantilla is worn with formal black clothing and black heel pumps (no stilettos). The only light parts are supposed to be the pieces of jewelry (old silver or gold). But this is only during Holy Week. On other days you have options:)

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On the Heels of MB Fashion Week Madrid

The heels of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid took the stage at Spain's most important fashion show from February 18 to 23, 2016. Here are my favorites shoes and accessories from the Fall-Winter 2016-17 collections.

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Madrid’s Magnificent Three

Madrid's Magnificent Three is the best way I can describe my favorite moments of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid. This Spring-Summer 2016 season quite a few collections took my breath away. That said, I also have a preference for the designers who work in collaboration with the shoe brands I feature. Here are three couturiers that are not only super talented but who also went with a Spanish shoe designer to complement their collections.

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Kiss of Fashion

At the most recent Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid, the Francis Montesinos Spring-Summer 2016 runway show titled "A Flor de Piel"(translated as "High-Strung" or "On the Edge") featured two exciting and mutually enhancing collaborations. The veteran Spanish Western and motorcycle boots maker Sendra provided the stunning flower-embroidered boots that go equally well with bohemian knits and flowing flamenco-inspired silk robes, while Gene Simmons himself, the bass guitarist of the legendary rock band Kiss, added genuine hard rock elements to the collection by providing his likeness and his signature, as well as honoring the front row with his presence.

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My most eagerly anticipated collection of Madrid Fashion Week is always that of the Valencian designer Francis Montesinos (more about him here). I dream of wearing a creation of his

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Desigual presented its FW15-16 collection at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid. In its signature bold fashion, the “La Vida Es Chula” (“Life Is Great”) brand, a global force right now,

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