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.
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.