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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Perfect Holiday Pump by Hannibal Laguna

End-of-the-year parties call for a perfect holiday pump. I've been checking out a lot of holiday-worthy pumps lately and the suede bow-embellished creations by Hannibal Laguna, a prominent Spanish fashion designer, come closest to what I imagine a perfect holiday pump should be like. From jewel tones and velvety texture to the sensuous shape, pretty heel, and fine detailing, the "Calen" pump ticks off all the boxes.

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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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Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada emerged as Spain's visionary fashion designer in the 1980s. Born in Madrid into a family of art collectors and educated at Barcelona's School of Art and Fashion Technique, Agatha quickly became a force on the Spain's arts scene, embracing Pop Art, Mark Rothko, and the English New Wave movement.

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