Have you ever thought about living in Gustav Klimt’s dream? While most of you may be confused, there’s (at least) one man in this world who not only answered this question, but actually managed to recreate what living in Klimt’s dream would be like. Ladies and gentlemen, let us introduce Josep Font to you and his fabulous Delpozo spring/summer 2016 collection!
Appointed Creative Director of Delpozo in 2012, Font was originally trained as an architect and then ventured into the fashion world showcasing his awe-inspiring collections in Barcelona. His designs for Delpozo (founded by Jesus Del Pozo in Madrid in 1974), largely reflect his out-of-this-world architectural talent, and give the brand an original and contemporary touch. Over the past couple of season, in fact, Delpozo has established itself as a cornerstone of transportive fashion, becoming one of the most influential Spanish fashion brands all over the world.
For the Delpozo spring 2016 RTW collection, Josep Font got inspired by two extremely delicate and sensitive artists – Federico Garcia Lorca and Emilie Flöge. To be more precise, Lorca inspired Font through “Romancero Gitano” (Gypsy Ballads), a poetry collections the well-known Spanish writer published in 1928; while Flöge, muse and lifelong companion of Gustav Klimt, spoke directly to Font’s creativity through Klimt’s painting (let’s all hope Flöge, fashion designer herself, will keep on being Font’s inspiration for a while). What’s the leitmotif between Lorca and Flöge? Surprisingly, both the talented writer and the creative artist had a big passion for folklore, which Font incorporated into his collection in rich and interesting ways. Instead of getting inspired by the more flamboyant side of both Klimt and Lorca, Font opted for more structured and craftier lines, the delicacy and elegance of which come like a breath of fresh air in the fashion industry. Take, for example, the hand-crocheted long raffia vest, or the shirtdress in a metallic palm jacquard with ruffles, or even the sheer pannier-like miniskirt: every single piece denotes Font’s passion for dressing women in creative and unique ways, and glorifies the feminine body in the same way Klimt glorified Flöge’s beauty.
Surprisingly kind of different from the rest of the collection is the range of polka-dotted pieces and some long rounded skirts in graphic, which interrupted the show and its more bohemian floor-skimming dresses with tiers of tulle and large structural tops. Other than that, we were treated to a plethora of fantasy dresses in a soft pastel color palette blended with crisp whites and embellished with Delpozo-appropriate insanely beautiful details.
Along with the pieces, Font also presented his purse collection during his spring show. Each bag reflects the collection itself, and has a very architectural and voluminous structure. The unusual mix of colors helps the collection be even more bohemian (if possible), à la Flöge, and romantic, à la Lorca.
In contrast with other designers who had their time at New York Fashion Week, Font embraces a more colorful and vivid color palette, with just a little hint of white, black and other dark colors. His choices, along with his talent and passion, made this show remarkable, and confirmed Delponzo’s love for a modern traditional fashion.
Photos courtesy of Vogue