MERCEDES-BENZ MADRID FASHION WEEK A/W 2023/4
Olé to the Art of Dressing Up! Hello Frills, Feathers, Ruffles and Sequins, Madrid is Ready to Party.
Image Credit Mercedes-Benz Madrid Fashion Week, participating designers and Vogue
Madrid Fashion Week was a glitzy affair and the city of Madrid became the focal point of extraordinary fashion for a week as the 77th edition of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week got underway. A city with an enviable fashion heritage, felt even more festive when an entourage of Spanish celebrities, musicians, TV personalities, fashionistas, models, stylists and of course the real stars of the shows – the stalwart designers as well as the up-an-coming creative talent – descended on Madrid for a few intense, action-packed days of unadulterated, delicious, extravagant fashion.
As for trends – judging by the glitz and glamour, the frills, ruffles, feathers and sequins at so many of the offerings, it seems dressing up to the hilt for occasions (and that may be a humble lunch!) is back in fashion again, yay! Take for example the collections of Pedro del Hierro, Pertegaz, Isabel Sanchis, Guillermo Decimo, Hannbal Laguna and Encinar, who took us back to the golden age of Hollywood with hourglass shaped silhouettes, sumptuous fabrics and timeless elegance.
Superstars of the Spanish fashion scene, the likes of Teresa Helbig, Mans, Ernesto Naranjo, Dominnico and Carlota Barrera, gave us memorable collections. The coveted Mercedes-Benz Fashion Talent Award went to The eponymous menswear range showcased by newcomer to the scene, Aitor Goikoetxea. Two very talented guest designers, Maison Artc and Albert Oiknine, within the “Morocco, Kingdom of Light” program, also delivered some exceptional work. There were so many noteworthy collections, but a few that jumped out at us are Isabel Sanchis’ couture collection, the ethereal textures & layering at Ernesto Naranjo, the cheery, bold colour combinations at Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, the dandy men’s tailoring at Paloma Suarez, the sumptuously elegant floor-sweeping ballgowns at Hannibal Laguna and the fun, OTT faux fur coats at Odette Alvarez.
We’ve spotted quite a few key trends for AW 2023/4 on our journey of aesthetic delights – from nostalgic Hollywood glamour to a sea-green tribute to the sea-gods of the azure Mediterranean. Sit back and enjoy all the divine, extravagant and inspiring fashion – all with a dramatic and characteristically Spanish flair.
Here’s a little taster of live shows to catapult you straight into the action …
Watch Encinar’s show here:
Watch Odette Alvarez’ show here:
Watch Fely Campo’s show here:
1. ETHEREAL LUXE LAYERING
‘Ethereal, sensual and angelic’ spring to mind in the light of Ernesto Naranja’s exquisite pastel-hued range for Madrid Fashion Week. The smart layering of transparent chiffon and organza is juxtaposed with sensuously draped jersey fabrics, the sugary pastels and nudes reigned in with accents of black, deep aubergine and chocolate brown, and softened with pom poms, faux fur and tactile fringed textures. The silhouettes are avant-garde and youthful – sexy even, and exceedingly sculptural. These individual pieces can easily stand alone, but we can also think of innumerable ways of incorporating them to an existing wardrobe. Other designers who love embraced this trend are Otrura with their flimsy transparency, Teresa Helbig with their fairy-like surface patterning and Moises Nieto with their fine, metallic draped tunics.
2. HOT, HOT, HOT COUTURE
Sensational floor-sweeping ballgowns in organza, chiffon, tulle, jersey, silk and satin graced the runways, with colours ranging from saturated primary shades to subtle nudes and neutrals. Beading, embroidery, sequins, rhinestones and other exquisite tactile embellishments added to the extravagant allure of the offerings.
Isabel Sanchis properly heralded in the thrust for this season’s glamour and elegance that we saw at so many of the collections at Madrid Fashion Week. A beloved household name in Spain, Isabel Sanchis has been creating beautiful ready-to-wear as well as couture pieces since 1990 (currently present in a whopping 40 countries worldwide). We adore the subtle sunray pleating that we saw in so many ballgowns in this super elegant collection.
Watch Isabel Sanchis’ show here:
3. RED CARPET GLAMOUR
The trend for spellbinding Hollywood allure was to be seen in many collections, with lace, sequins, bows, feathers and sumptuous satin, silk and brocade having a moment. Exaggerated sleeves, balconette tops, underskirts, generous pleats and ruffles completed these ultra-feminine looks. Designers who revelled in this trend include Guilliermo Decimo, Hannibal Laguna, Rafael Urquizar, Odette Alvarez and Encinar.
Watch Hannibal Laguna’s show here:
4. ART, BUT MAKE IT HAUTE!
Various designers embraced the artist within themselves for Madrid 2023 – from Maison Artc’s Medieval and Renaissance inspiration to Reparto’s Greek digital prints and Eduardo Nvarette’s classic mosaic swimsuits. Maya Hansen’s leather artistry also got our attention.
5. THE RULES OF COLOUR-BLOCKING
Spanish design has always had a penchant for combining colour, and this season at Madrid was no different. Creative director Jaime Álvarez created a feat of colour and texture for Mans. Floor-sweeping coats were worn over fuzzy sweaters and sleek leather pants. Rust, sage green and lavender combined in ensembles to great effect. Duarte also created some fabulous colour-blocking inspiration, combining, for example, tangerine with caramel and salmon – just inspired! Paloma Suárez played with deepest aubergine and beetroot – with the added detail of a cheeky hounds tooth insert.
6. AS GREEN AS THE DEEP WATERS OF THE MED
Green was without a shadow of a doubt the love child of designers at Madrid 2023. Green came in many guises – from sage to olive, khaki to poison green, teal to turquoise, sea-green to bottle green – and every shade in between. One of the stand-out pieces of the show is Isabel Sanchis’ sweeping, classic pleated sea-green ballgown. Fernando Claro’s graded sequin suit also made it to our made ‘must have’ list! Other noteworthy designers who celebrated green were María Lafuente, Paloma Suárez and Moises Nieto.
Goodbye from Mercedes-Benz Madrid Fashion Week!