Wednesday, 10 July 2013

bleu en français

Catalan born gifted designer Manuel Bolaño took me
aback with the theatrical style of his ”A little about me”
s/s 2011 womenswear collection (previous post here),
yet his 'd'après McQueen' style steadily evolved into 
a more cool and sophisticated approach.

Born in Barcelona, Manuel grew up in northern Galicia
coming back to his magnificent hometown to study at the
College of Design & Fashion Felicidad Duce graduating
in 2007. After a brief experience as part of Mango's design
team, Manuel decided to establish his own label unveiling
since 2008 his collections at 080 Barcelona fashion week
where he won hands down the prize for the best 
female collection twice in a row.

Bolaño considers himself an artisan, in fact his tailoring skills
are evident as well as his distinctive taste: his latest s/s 2014
collection called ”Bleu en français”, shows snazzy outfits for
both men's and womenswear made with the very same fabrics,
prints and color combinations; nonetheless his style can't
be labeled as androgynous. Interesting sartorial details are
paired with easy on the eye sporty touches such as cords
and carabiners while pleated little dresses, checked fabrics
and oversized backpacks evoke a college feel in a chic color
palette where black & white match pastel tones. A cute stuffed
bear puppet drops a hint to fond childhood memories.

> all images © by 080 Barcelona fashion week <

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