Friday, 27 January 2012

winter dragonflies

Where do dragonflies go in wintertime?
I guess I know it now: darners and skimmers enjoy
a warm winter in the coastal city of Barcelona where
Celia Vela's AW 2012-13 ”Segon Segona” (Catalan for
two, second) collection has been showcased at 
080 Barcelona Fashion a few days back.

Dragonfly-shaped brooches adorne the appealing
silhouettes designed by the Spanish designer who began
her fashion career in 1994 signing for the first time a
collection for MerkamodaFAD followed a year later
by the opening of her store in Figueres and the launch
of her eponymous label at the very same time.

Celia first individual show came  in 1998 at the Pasarela
Gaudi and that same year her RTW label was introduced
to Japan starting up a boundless entanglement with the
country and its culture: she designed and made the
uniforms for the Japanese pavilion at Zaragoza Expo
and opened a showroom in Tokyo's Ginza.

No wonder the urban and romantic Celia Vela '2.2' collection 
shows an intense Oriental allure in the clever mixing of prints
and color combinations as well a fussy use of fine fabrics
layering embroideries and patchworks with gripping floral
prints juxtaposing thick wollen fabrics with sheer silk and
fuild satin. A collection that skillfully puts together 
the raw look of workmanship with couture details.

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