BARCELONA — The Catalan capital doesn’t have an official fashion week, but 080 Barcelona is the next best thing. A regional government-sponsored catwalk event made up this season of 31 runway collectives including local megabrand Custo Barcelona and a batch of smaller independent designers, 080 references Catalonia’s current bid for independence with strictly Catalan talent. Nobody else is allowed in.
Held in the seaside building complex Casa Llotja de Mar, which dates back to the 14th century, last week’s 17th edition ran Feb. 1 to 5 and drew 42,000 visitors.
Catalans know how to pull it together. They took to mild February climes with spunk and savvy — and plenty of attitude mixed with gender-bending humor. There were capes, ponchos, faux furs and pencil-thin jeans for everybody. Girls went for cropped pants and tops with slivers of skin and bare legs; short dresses and separates with lightweight sweater jackets. Hot accessories included chunky sandals, thick rubber-soled booties and platforms, oversize scarves, designer bags, hats and caps — and black was everywhere, with a few color perks such as mustard, red and pink.
Men turned up in snappy knee-length coats, easy kimono-style cover-ups, skin-tight pants, a little denim with distressed details — and animal prints were still around.