Street Style: beyond the Catwalks of 080

Posted by: Veronica Maya

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Last week the capital of Catalonia held its biannual fashion week: Barcelona 080. We were blown away by the amazing fashion shows we attended but some of the best style we saw was from the locals and visitors off the catwalk! We bring you the hottest 8 looks straight from the Barcelona trend lovers and fashionistas at 080.

Our first fashionista had a quintessentially Barcelona style with a hint of laid back utility in her Miu Miu style slippers and high collar shirt. Simple and comfy shapes are really where it’s at for F/W13.

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Leopard print, tartan print and a man clutch! You couldn’t ask for much more in terms of fab trends for F/W 13. This Barcelona couple showed us how easy it is to use colour to vamp up a look and the leopard fur coat is of course a wardrobe staple for any glam fashionista. Tartan is also a must have print for your F/W 13 looks.

These ladies below were sporting the same iconic print styles we saw all over the runways in Louis Vuitton print boots and tartan shirts. Proof that all you need is a splash of print.

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As mentioned in last week’s post the clutch is an ideal complement to any outfit. This Spanish trend setter was loving the leather and played with different fabrics and textures to really emphasize the gorgeousness of the material.

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Leather was a real winning look at both 080 Barcelona and on other F/W13-14 runways.

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These chicas had the leather look just right with an air of gothic chic, studded accessories and a wide brimmed hat.

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The wide brimmed hat is another essential accessory for F/W13 and a favourite of latin style icon Jennifer López.

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One of the most breathtaking looks we saw on the runways of 080 was this Javier Simorra piece accessorized perfectly for winter.

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Our next street style icon below must have taken a page out Javier Simorra’s book because her winter look was perfect with leggings, a masculine cut tweed jacket and heels.

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This fashionista was hot on the trend wagon with a subtle touch of laser cut in her top. The laser cut in all its different forms adds elegance to any outfit and is one of our favourite textiles for the coming season.

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Last but not least were these two trend lovers, in lovely fur and transparent lace combo beautifully accented with vintage jewellery.

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Emerging Designer Tip: Pop Up Shops

Posted by: Rachel Iwaniec

I am a fan of love at first sight… you know, your eyes meet, there’s a moment of hesitation, you’ve spotted the love of your life.  It’s like that scene in the movies where you’re running through a field of daisies towards your soul mate. Maybe this isn’t how your shopping experience feels, but you get the gist. After waiting patiently, or as patiently as I can, for the newest shoe collections to move from the screen to the stores, I revel in that first encounter with that most perfect butch biker boot.  Nothing in my past can match it and I find myself unable to part with this flawless creation.

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Today, people are taking advantage of the unprecedented access of e-commerce enterprisesOnline boutiques provide an effortless alternative to the search for the right (shoe) mate.  With a few details and a couple clicks, online browsers are presented with an index of items that might be a match.  Nothing is left to the imagination.  These e-commerce sites provide the item’s background, extended family, occupation, etc. But that’s not all these sites have to offer, one might be interested in pairing their selections with recommended items, or perhaps need affirmation in the form of stylist feedback.

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So if finding your match can be this easy is the classic brick-and-mortar mode of selling even necessary?  The answer is yes, especially for emerging designers.  In fact, there needs to be a marriage between the online and offline spaces.  Even with the ever-expanding world of e-commerce, 80% of transactions still take place face-to-face – making it challenging still for emerging designers to win over their future (soul) mate.

Ipso-facto, the Pop-up store has become the healthy medium between the two spaces.  While you can meet your mate online, you also have the option to make an acquaintance with them in person.  Companies such as Ebay, Etsy, Moda Operandi and Net-a-Porter have taken to the ground for better consumer experience.

A recent example of pop-up shopping happened last week in sunny and fashion forward Barcelona. In support of Fashion Week, 080 Barcelona implemented the low-risk, low-cost ethos of the pop-up shop concept for emerging designers. Displayed in what seemed like Gaudi’s interpretation of a forest, each designer displayed his or her designs on branch-like structures that enveloped the space.

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Shoe designer, Eva Maria Bazan provided her account of the benefits of having the opportunity to capitalize on the pop-up shop movement.

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Eva has an online store where she offers her label Eva Vs Maria. However she also regularly participates in offline events around Barcelona. As a shoe designer, Eva argues that these types of events are necessary not just for networking and sales but also to enable the consumer to try on and see the quality of her product. It is the consumer reach of the online space and the intra-personal experience of the offline setting that must be incorporated into the superior method of providing consumers with the right conditions for finding his or her mate. Both the enterprise and the consumer can’t loose with a combination of virtual and carnal encounters.

Among the emerging designers showcased…

Beatriz Parras, Barcelona based owner and designer of hair accessories, Secretos de Alcoba.

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Condesita (established in 2009) creates original handbags, where design, prints and images form the main look of the bag.

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Lubochka (established in 2009) is a handbags and leather accessories brand. Inspiration comes from the creative concerns of the Russian artisan designer Olga Dubovik.

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Gioia Maini’s collections’ heavy industrial look came from the combination between images of wasted cars and photographs of her mom, Diana , from the 70’s.

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Ativ by Vita, (established in 2009) are the creative ideas of Tania Muñoz Garcia from Barcelona and Mirko Gardella from Italy, focusing mainly on their unisex bags.

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De Flores y Floreros  presents a unique design in each and every shoe.

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A unión between art and fashion can be seen in Marina Graeuille designs as she uses macramé and micro-macrame, a technique she has been using for 8 years.

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