Who doesn’t love moments of magic? In a crammed New York Fashion Week, we crave them. Over the past couple of seasons Delpozo’s Josep Font has established himself as a purveyor in the magical art of transportive fashion, beaming in from Spain in a waft of tulle, silks, exacting embroidery and, this season, artisanal weaves. He was inspired, he said, by Federico Garcia Lorca’s “Gypsy Ballads” and Emilie Flöge, the fashion-loving muse of Gustav Klimt. Yet no literal Spanish flamboyance or Wiener Werkstätte here. Instead, Font took his audience on a couturelike dream of rich imagination, inventive constructions and remarkable craft.
Suffice to say, this show was remarkable. Whether Font will expand the glories of his runway into a broader business remains to be seen. But he gave an unsubtle hint that that’s just what he intends. While initially he showed only two or three handbags, for his finale every girl carried one — either a vibrant bicolor or a metallic floral. They were as distinctive and delightful as the clothes.