Quick! What is the first name that pops into your head when you think of a Spanish couturier? Did you think of Balenciaga? Can you think of a second option? I’m guessing that might be a bit more difficult.
Sweeping Balenciaga out of the way for just a moment, if we root around in the shadow of the grand master, we will find several couturiers that were key figures in the history of Spanish haute couture, such as Pedro Rodríguez and Asunción Bastida, among others. But we’re not going to take a trip down memory lane. Instead we are going to look at a current figure, a fashion designer that upholds the rich heritage of Spain, a true legacy.
Fashion seems to fraught with tragedy, not all that glitters is gold, etc., etc. Here in Spain we have our own set of misfortunes, from lack of governmental initiative coherently supporting our fashion industry to ridiculous business ethos and limitations that make life impossible for designers. That is why it is so special and such a cause for celebration when one of ours manages to rise above the menial, break even, moving into the international arena. (No, Desigual and Zara don’t count!)
Josep Font is this figure, the fashion designer that managed to create haute couture in 21st century Spain. The first modern Spanish designer to join Le Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in the past 40 years. Balenciaga, Antonio del Castillo and Rabanne were original Chambre members but they lived and worked outside of Spain. Which actually makes Josep Font’s achievement even greater. Of course, as all good stories go, Font has overcome great struggles and is currently designing for DelPozo.
These are the photos of the S/S 2015 collection presented in New York. What’s that? New York? Yes, DelPozo held a catwalk show during the New York Fashion Week. This is Josep Font at his best: the textures, the volumes, the mastery of fabric, the colour palette, the mind-numbing, overwhelming beauty of his work. And he’s ours!