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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Brits (and non-Brits who show in London) at Noovo: Gareth Pugh, Patrik Söderstam, Boudicca, Peter Pilotto and new Cacharel designers Eley Kishimoto. Guess which one got borracho off his ass one night, threatened a couple of burly Spanish bouncers and was subsequently pummeled on the street?

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Txell Miras, another fave from Noovo...

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José Castro, who I've been a super-huge fan of since seeing his shows in Paris and Barcelona, is another Galician designer and one of the high points of Noovo...

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

I've long known of Spanish designers' uncanny ability to conjure a dark, rich and gothic grandeur. Surely this has everything to do with the influence of Catholicism and its preoccupation with pageantry, death and black lace. And yet every time I see a fashion show in Spain, I'm surprised all over again. This happened earlier this month on a trip to Santiago de Compostela for the avant-garde fashion festival Noovo—a kind of Iberian Hyères. Santiago is in the far northwest corner of the country, in an autonomous region called Galicia. Its 1000-year-old cathedral is not only a World Heritage Site, but the final destination of the largest pilgrimage in the Catholic church, to this day, attracting swarms of pilgrims each year, some of whom travel on foot (can you imagine?). The cathedral is truly a marvel, even by this devout atheist's standards. In its baroque shadow, Noovo presented some 30 collections by Galician fashion students (competing for the cash and glory of the Loida Prize), Spanish designers and international designers, who included Gareth Pugh, Boudicca, Romain Kremer, Petar Petrov and Threeasfour. I'll post more from Noovo, which is only in its first year, but for now, these are the first- and second-place winners of the award: Paz Villar (top row) and Manuel Bolaño....

Oh, and scroll down a bit to Nov. 13 for a video of Henrik Vibskov's recreation of his musical spring collection.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

On November 4, Danish designer Henrik Vibskov repeated his spring 08 collection at Noovo Fashion Festival in Spain. You remember, the collection with musical instruments that play when models get on stationary bikes and pedal. It's cute and conceptual at the same time. And the message is clear, that a group must act together to create peace and harmony. As I took this video, though, I had the feeling that it must have been a real pain in the arse to get all the heavy pieces of the large installation from Copenhagen to the little town of Santiago. And, as Henrik confirmed later, it was...

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