The Catalan capital always has been on the edge. Think Gaudi's smashed ceramics and Pedro Almodóvar's All About My Mother. It still marches to its own particular beat, with the multiethnic neighborhoods El Born and Raval blasting out the best sounds.
C/Riera Baixa, a short street in the heart of Raval, is packed with vintage clothing shops. Lailo (number 20), a 300-year-old former cowshed, carries an endless selection of ornate party dresses—they're for rent, too—and Fifties swimsuits. Le Swing (number 13) has dresses, suits, handbags and shoes by international designer names such as Courréges and YSL—Yves, not Tom. La Comercial (Rec 5) is the best multilabel store in El Born, with French brands such as Sonia Rykiel and Isabel Marant, scarves and gloves by Paul Smith and shoes by Spanish maestro Juan Antonio Lopez.
Less conventional is Comité (C/Notariado 8), a joint-venture shop featuring six young designers from Barcelona, Helsinki, Stockholm, Paris and Buenos Aires. Cecilia Sörensen—and her droll separates—is one of its stars.
On C/Aviñyó, a hopping street for jeans and trendy gear, La Manual Alpargatera (number 7) still makes its legendary jute-soled espadrilles by hand—and on the premises. Aficionados include Jack Nicholson and master chef Ferran Adrià.
The hot new eatery Cuines de Santa Caterina is a casual brasserie with Asian and Mediterranean dishes. Another brainchild of the prolific Tragaluz Group (who owns the megacool Hotel Omm and seven Barcelona restaurants), it's an extension of the Gothic Quarter's Mercat Santa Caterina produce market—read fresh ingredients, guaranteed. The day's specials—rice, pasta, seafood and vegetables—are flashed on a Wall Street-like ticker tape over an open kitchen. And surprisingly, in tobacco-addicted Spain, smoking is not permitted in the restaurant.
Apart from being a mythological Greek reveler, Silenus (C/Angels 8) is a multifaceted neighborhood cafe/restaurant/bar, a stone's throw from Richard Meier's Contemporary Art Museum. And it's a total charmer, in a faded Viennese kind of way, with a pretty painted door and requisite marble tables. Plus, the food has flair: butifarra, a Catalan sausage, and white bean mash, for example.Thirty-three-year-old chef Paco Guzmán runs Santa Maria, one of the best tables in town, on El Born's C/Comerç (number 17). The restaurant is a family-style bistro with paper place mats and handwritten menus, and the kitchen features experimental, tapas-sized portions—a variety of chicken wings, for example, and skewered rabbit. Try the tasting menu for $40, a good deal; but it's the whole experience—and Paco's fashionable buddies—that counts.
For late-night copas (or at least until 3:15 a.m.), Shoko (Paseo Maritimo de la Barceloneta 36) is an oceanfront bar/restaurant with a distinct Japanese feel and the cushiest terrace in town.
Sleep cheap-chic and spartan at Hostal Gat Xino (C/Hospital 155), spitting distance from Rambla de Raval, where doubles (note: no phones) start at less than $100 and the rooftop suite, at $145, has its own terrace and 360-degree views. Breakfast is served on a Zen-like interior patio.
Other hotels include the Pulitzer (C/Bergara 8), with a stylish white-leather bar for fashionistas and Wednesday night sushi parties, and Casa Camper (C/Elisabets 11), which is as off-beat as it gets. If schlepping across the hall from bedroom to mini lounge doesn't appeal, go for a suite.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)