5 Spring Trends We Are In Love With In Spain

One of the greatest perks of living in Spain is that you get to enjoy sunny weather almost all year round. When April arrives, spring has sprung and the city is an explosion of color and joy. The temperature is warm enough to even wear full-on summer clothes, but in cities like Madrid, where it gets chilly in the first and last hours of the day, throwing on a jacket is a must — plus, it adds an extra fashion touch to our look. Here are my 5 favorite spring items that we are already styling here in Spain.

MAXI DRESSES

Transitioning from cold and dark winter to warm and sunny spring might not be easy for one reason: we are not yet ready to show some flesh. If you feel like you need more time to get rid of the winter layers, there is no hurry to wear mini dresses this season. Maxi lengths, inspired by Coachella’s festive spirit, are flattering and elegant and at the same time allow you to gradually adapt to higher temperatures. If you want to add an extra sexy vibe to the look, slits that go up your leg are a good choice.

Model: Claudia Peris | Credit: Lucía Peris

EMBROIDERED DENIM

Denim never goes out of style, and it is a must-have in every wardrobe. For the past seasons, we’ve witnessed an evolution in classical denim pieces — playing with hems, cutouts, and lengths that surprise both the wearer and the viewer. This spring, embroidery has blossomed as the favourite trend, and it takes form as beautiful flowers that recreate a magical garden in denim pieces from jeans to jackets.

Model: Claudia Peris | Credit: Lucía Peris

CITY OF STARS

When we think about our spring looks, florals come to mind. Although this always will be the print of the season (we’ll talk about it later), stars are actually the ones that are going to brighten up our spring and summer looks. They mostly come in gold, as on this bomber jacket, and grey, and some of them even have an extra sparkly touch with glitter. The perfect print to shine with this season!

Model: Claudia Peris | Credit: Lucía Peris

YELLOW SUNGLASSES

This is one of favourite items for the season. The classic aviator style comes back this spring but with an unexpected shift: see-through lenses in bright yellow. It automatically upgrades any look, giving an extra cool vibe to the overall outfit. It matches with everything — colors, textures, and styles — but the winning combo is a total white look like this one.

Model: Claudia Peris | Credit: Lucía Peris

FLORAL PRINTS

As Miranda Priestly would say, “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” However, there is no other print that has conquered everyone’s wardrobe and that keeps coming back every spring — from small and colorful flowers against bright backgrounds such as yellow or green, to big ones that dramatically blossom in every piece you can imagine.

Model: Claudia Peris | Credit: Lucía Peris

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María Magdalena; Subversive Fashion With Spanish Flavor

Designer Alejandra Jaime Mendoza | Credit: María Magdalena

“Symbolic, metaphoric, surrealistic, and subversive” — that’s how Alejandra Jaime Mendoza the Spanish designer behind María Magdalena of the controversial name describes the essence of her brand. Only two seasons into hitting the catwalk of the main events for emerging fashion designers in Spain, Mendoza’s understanding of fashion is already making headlines.

Mendoza has recently showed her second collection for Samsung EGO, the platform dedicated exclusively to emerging talents during Madrid Fashion Week. María Magdalena added that Spanish flavor to the event with ruffles and silhouettes that resemble those of the traditional ‘Sevillana.’ Baroque-inspired pieces like silky dolly dresses with puffed sleeves, shiny fabrics, and metallic sets contrasted with hoodies and fishnet tights, exhibiting the clash of cultures that inspired her collection Integration.

Credit: María Magdalena

The concept goes back to the 2000s in Seville when two social groups with different styles were in opposition. Mendoza wanted to highlight the importance of integration in today’s society, so she took details of both styles and fused them to create a single and unique collection. “I love to make an impact on my audience, to make people have fun, but also to make them think about the issue I’m talking about,” she explains.

Mendoza says that she always works from an idea that she wants to transmit — something that she has the need to share with other people. That’s why there is always a powerful symbolic meaning behind her collection. Even the name of her brand, María Magdalena, which doesn’t go unnoticed, has a connotation.

María Magdalena represents to me the role that unfortunately has been attributed to women over the years in the sense that she has always been in inequality in relation to men,” Mendoza explains. The designer wanted to shed some light on the figure of the woman, letting her have the position she deserves: equal to men.

Credit: María Magdalena

Fashion acts for Mendoza as a platform to channel her inner world and discuss social issues along with psychological and philosophical matters. “My goal is to create useful things for society as well,” the designer explains.

When she has the concept in mind, Mendoza develops it and tries to find a way to translate it aesthetically into draws and fabrics. In fact, materializing the idea is her favourite part of the whole design process. The worst bit? Promotion. But that’s just because, contrary to what you may think, Alejandra Jaime Mendoza is a very shy person. However, she is slowly coming to terms with being in the spotlight from time to time.

“Integration”; the latest collection of María Magdalena | Credit: María Magdalena

Before tapping into fashion design, she studied at a law school for two years to later realize that it wasn’t for her. She decided to change the course of her life and enrolled in Design and Fashion Management at CEADE. It was there that Mendoza found her powerful creative side and focused more on design.

Today, at only 26 years old with a lot of stories, experiences, and anecdotes, Alejandra Jaime Menzoda has her feet on the ground and loves to share her achievements with her team and friends who always support her and make her fight for her dreams as the talent behind María Magdalena.

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Ones to Watch: Madrid Fashion Week Emerging Designers

When we think about Spanish fashion, we can’t help but think about the golden times with Balenciaga. But time has passed and fashion in Spain reinvents itself every year. Familiar names such as Custo Barcelona hit the runway every season, but there is a new crew of emerging designers that are bringing fresh ideas to the table.

Breaking into the fashion industry is quite hard, and that’s what Samsung EGO was created for. The event showcases the work of new Spanish designers during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, giving them the opportunity to present their collections to the media, clients, and influencers. Here are 10 designers to watch for this season.

JUAN CARLOS PAJARES

Designer Juan Carlos Pajares | Credit: Jorge Monges

What better way to start this list than with the winner of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Talent Award for his True Cost collection. Cutouts, layers, and puffed sleeves and flares combined with simple lines and even some tailoring created a magnificent collection that has a symbolic meaning. Pajares denounces the irrational use of natural resources and calls for a responsible behaviour that supports a more ethical fashion. A wake-up call that in the form of beautiful designs merges tradition with innovation.

Juan Carlos Pajares | Credit: Jorge Monges

EXISTENCE RESEARCH PROGRAM

The designs are the stars of the brands — that’s the motto of this fashion firm that prefers to not reveal the name of the creative minds behind its concepts. Inspired by NASA and special missions programs, Existence Research Program merges natural fabrics with the latest technology to create pieces that emulate the uniforms of the astronauts while, at the same time, incorporating a more romantic touch with dramatic volumes and classic silhouettes.

AMAI RODRÍGUEZ

Amai Rodríguez | Credit: Kristen Wicce

Following this curiosity for the world beyond, Amai Rodríguez also makes the astronaut the main character of her collection, just with an unexpected shift. The designer talks about the complicated relationship between a spaceman and a sad woman who longs for him to come back after a mission. Rodríguez portrays the astronaut as a lonely man who gets lost in far and mysterious worlds full of vegetation and enigmatic colours. All of these are imprinted in the designs of her collection, creating a mix of romanticism and an enigmatic explosion of colours.

MARLINA PRADSOT

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Marca Blanca, Marlina Pradsot’s fall/winter 2017 collection, pivots on the human obsession with reaching perfection. Her designs, all in different whites, play with pattern designing to create from superposed pieces and cuts that distort the human shape a beautiful and harmonic discourse far away from conventional beauty standards.

MARÍA MAGDALENA

María Magdalena | Credit: Sheila Palacios

Inspired by Seville of the 2000s, Alejandra Jaime Mendoza, the talent behind this brand, adds a Spanish flavour to this Samsung EGO edition with puffed sleeves and flares that echo the traditional “Sevillana.” Her collection highlights the importance of integration by mixing different styles from different social groups in one single and unified collection.

OUTSIDERS DIVISION

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Forever Fantasy, designer David Méndez’s collection, took the audience to a magical and fun world. Vibrant colours, eye-catching prints, a lot of denim, and Converse sneakers brought a bit of our childhood and teenager memories back, making the wearer experiment with the freedom of those golden and sometimes naïve but very exciting times.

THREEONES

Threeones | Credit: Ignacio Zori

Under the creative direction of Adriana Cagigas, Threeones has been captivated by the Asian cultures and specifically by the Japanese aesthetic of wabi sabi, which finds beauty to be incomplete, imperfect, and impermanent. Stemming from this, simple lines and neutral colours inspired by those of Japanese ceramic works made the show full of symbolisms.

Threoones | Credit: Ignacio Zori

NACHO COSTA

Photo Credit: Nacho Costa

Straight lines and cuts, and neutral colours that range from off white to grey reinterpret fashion in an architectural way. Big shoulder pads and layering add the dramatic element to what may seem like a very simple collection at first hand. It is full of small artisanal details that recreate geometrical shapes that enhance a woman’s silhouette in a beautiful way.

ROCÍO LASECA

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Rocío Laseca made her debut at this edition of Samsung EGO during MBFWM. For her first huge fashion show, the designer wanted to take a step forward and embarked on the not-very-easy but rewarding adventure of working with new materials such as methacrylate and silk. The motif of her fall/winter 2017 collection, Who are you?, was inspired by the iconic British music band The Who.

WELLNESS

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Fashion and music walk together in this show thanks to the partnership between Wellness and Spanish musician El Guincho. The result? HiperAsia, a collection that questions the relationship between fashion and technology, and its consequences. The designs, in a neutral palette with touches of vibrant blues and yellows, are made of both synthetics and natural fabrics adorned with gadgets.

5 Lessons to Learn from Madrid Street Style

Fashion month has officially started, and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid recently wrapped, so we ventured into the heart of Spain’s capital, and camera on hand captured what real people are wearing this season. It might surprise you.

WEAR YOUR SUMMER CLOTHES IN WINTER

Credit: Claudia Peris

In Spain, we are so lucky to enjoy good weather mostly all year around. These sunny days definitely make winter more bearable because not only we get to do many outdoorsy activities and plans, but also, let’s face it, cloud-free skies let us take out colourful pieces, eye-catching prints and light fabrics without turning heads. The key here is layering, so you can wear your summer clothes over winter basics like this turtleneck sweater.

BACK TO THE GOLDEN AGE

Credit: Claudia Peris

Add a bit of sophistication and opt for a subtle baroque style typical of Spain’s history with accessories and jewelry in gold. It enhances any look, from simple yet chic casual outfits for the weekend, to fancier ones for the office or social commitments. The trick? Wear these golden details with a touch of colour that breaks up the monotony.

BRIGHT UP YOUR WINTER DAYS

Credit: Claudia Peris

Because winter is not a byword for dark colours and boring outfits, we’ve found out that Spanish people bright up their days with vivid and intense colours this season. Note: they are not wearing them in any discreet way. In fact, the opt for head-to-toe looks or laid-back looks styled with statement pieces like this one-colour maxi coat.

DRESS IT UP OR DRESS IT DOWN

Credit: Claudia Peris

If there’s something we love is wearing elegant pieces that are so versatile that you can wear them from day to night and to a wide range of events, commitments and the like. Dresses with sneakers, a pair of distressed jeans with heels, sweatshirts with chic skirts – the game of dressing up or down our looks is our favourite style game.

CLASSIC AT HEART

Credit: Claudia Peris

This is the bag everybody in Spain wants to wear right now. Inspired by the classic Chanel design, this piece has been reinvented by other fashion brands in multiple ways, and has become the go-to bag of Spanish bloggers and influencers. You can find it in different sizes and designs, and one of our favourites is this padded one in camel and -here they come again- with golden details.

Cris Ortiz, the model influencer everybody is talking about

Credit: Cris Ortiz

A beautiful soul in a beautiful body — this is probably the best way to describe Cris Ortiz, Spanish fashion influencer and model. It’s not been easy to find the right words to describe her because she wears many hats and a relentlessly positive attitude that passes onto everyone around her, and it wouldn’t be fair to categorize her in just one role.

She epitomizes the perfect influencer: smart, talented, and, of course, stylish. But there is so much more to her that makes this hardworking social media sensation unique.

Credit: Cris Ortiz

She works as a model, a graphic designer for fashion magazines, and as part of the PR team of two big e-commerce companies. Needless to say, she is no stranger to the fashion business, but she “never saw herself writing her very own personal blog.”

In fact, it took a little bit of insistence from friends and colleagues, who spotted her style, to persuade Ortiz to finally launch Cris Ortiz Blog in September 2015 in which she shares her adventures in the fashion industry, records her daily outfits, and posts curated editorial content worthy of a high-quality magazine. A year and a half later, she couldn’t be happier with her decision and admits that had she known how much joy the blog was going to bring her, she “would have done it way early.”

Credit: Cris Ortiz

Her first posts already showcased a very elegant and sophisticated way of dressing, and soon caught the attention of both fashion lovers and Spanish magazines. “I love playing with and mixing up different items, but I’m loyal to my style, with a touch of rock ‘n’ roll,” which spices up her looks, she explains.

If you scroll down her Instagram account and her blog, you can tell there is something special in her pictures — the movement that the camera captures when she walks. She owes this to ballet, a dance that has been a part of her life for so many years and has influenced not only the way she graciously moves but also how she harmonically understands and wears fashion. “It is not only about the clothes, but about how you wear them,” she explains.

Ortiz cites as her references super chic and stylish Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Olivia Palermo, and for a more cowboy-casual style, she gets inspirations from Erin Wasson. But when she has one of those days when she has no clue what to wear, Ortiz goes for her favourite combo: “high-waisted jeans, black ankle boots, and a leather jacket.” If the event requires a fancier outfit? She dresses up the look with accessories.

Credit: Cris Ortiz

If her sense of style is drumming up a huge interest in her, the way Ortiz engages in genuine conversations with her followers — both on her blog and her Instagram account — has contributed to her success. She answers questions, comments on others’ photos, and gives advice when asked. This sweet and kind attitude definitely resonates with her fans and is making her stand out from the crowd in a world where thousands of Youtubers, Instagrammers, bloggers, and the likes are trying to find their own voice.

She feels very fortunate to be part of the fashion industry, because it gives her “the opportunity to work with talented and incredible people every day,” and in different projects that are unique and special. Not one single day is the same in the life of Cris Ortiz. And that is definitely the most exciting part of it since it never gets boring, especially because, as what happened to us with her, “you always meet someone interesting to learn from.”

 

Credit: Cris Ortiz

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