Following a five year stint of showing in New York Fashion Week, Delpozo decided it was time for a change of scenery and elected to make their London Fashion Week debut inside the Royal Institute of British Architects. It was a strategic shift, as they revealed their Fall/Winter 2018 line, aimed at helping to further establish themselves globally and to show support for their London flagship store, which was opened in the city’s Royal Borough in 2016. The Spanish label, which is widely known for its couture style dresses, is a go-to brand for everyone from First Lady Melania Trump to rising star Kiernan Shipka and other fashion forward celebrities.
We can only imagine that creative director Josep Font must have quite the sweet tooth as the show’s models took to the runway in designs that appeared to have walked straight out of a variety bag of saltwater taffy...from the 50’s. From creamy vanilla and chocolate-y browns, to artificial banana yellows and raspberry pinks, this show was a parade bursting with playful colors. The designs also flaunted vintage-esque polka-dot and houndstooth patterns, creating a tone that felt nostalgic for “the good old days” of ice cream trucks and unsupervised adventures outside, while still keeping its quintessential modern and feminine flare. We saw ultra sculpted, highly dimensional accents, such as bows, floral shapes, and belts that looked like the wrapper ends of the previously mentioned taffy. There was also a blend of classic A-lines dresses and trousers, as well as some more surprising silhouettes from asymmetrical designs, one shoulder looks, and oversized outerwear.
Not all of the designs tasted of a candy store, though. The evening wear saw luminous gowns that featured shimmering sequins, flowing chiffon and tulle, dark, inky blues, and flirty feathers that were all perfectly suited for a ritzy, late-night soiree by the ocean. Two such looks could be seen adorning Russian model, Nastya Cherkasova and American model, Sophie Katherine Jones, with the added drama of deep burgundys against the midnight blue and jet black hues. Sequin-socked bootie pumps with polished, pointed toes also brought the glitz, and were worn in a plethora of coordinating colors as they completed the line’s looks.
Hairstyles for all of the looks were kept simple and chic, with hair lightly-pulled and slicked back away from the face and shoulders of the models. Lips were left pale and natural while the rest of the makeup effort went towards some contour work and featured bold, shimmery shaded eyes for some looks, but clean for the rest.
No one can argue that Delpozo came to play, with the label playing anything but safe for their London Fashion Week debut. Josep Font is a well known risk taker and color fanatic, and
while most of the label’s designs were delightful and stunning, some just left us...well...stunned. Perhaps he towed the line between sweet and nauseating with his out-there, confectionery color choices, but innovation was never born of conformity, and Font can’t, and won’t, be tamed. It’s just one of the many reasons why we, and countless others, continue to love and follow the Delpozo fashion journey.
Written by Briana McNair
Visuals by Olga Sorokina
Photo courtesey of vogue.com, nowfashion.com