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.

Flamenco and rock fusion. Boots: Sendra. Photo credit: Vogue Spain.
Photo credit: Vogue Spain.
Bohemian style: knitted fringed vest and flowing tulle skirt. Embroidered boots: Sendra. Photo credit: Vogue Spain.


The likenesses of Francis Montesinos and Gene Simmons have a strong presence in the show. Note the flamenco music group in the background. Photo credit:

Here at the Spanishoegallery Blog we celebrate collaborations between Spanish fashion and footwear designers. The runway show becomes a collaborative art event, where each party gets to focus on what they do best. The Spanish shoe industry is so creative, versatile, and so strong on quality that not using its expertise seems a shame.

Francis Montesinos, a leading figure in Spanish fashion and  Spanish culture in general, knows how to surround himself with the best of the best (see previous posts on the designer here, here, and here). The designer’s skill in staging successful collaborations is a reflection of his talent, his experience, and the strength of his creative vision.

Hard rock chick by Francis Montesinos wearing classic glamour two-tone high-heel pumps.


Gorgeous two-tone high-heel pump, paired with a white laser-cut patterned pant.


The culmination of the show: a bridal dress complete with a signature Montesinos head dress.


Francis Montesinos receives a kiss from Gene Simmons of “Kiss” after the show in Madrid. Photo credit: Getty Images.


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Ann Mailsi is a writer and social media buff based in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada. Her interests include fashion, technology, and nature adventures.

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