¡Viva España! Sartorial Inspiration from Spain

If you watch any soccer, you’d know that the Spanish national team is affectionately nicknamed La Furia Roja , which translates The Red Fury. Spain  is where La Perla, the Italian luxury lingerie label, has drawn inspiration for its F/W ’13 collection. The collection is called Duende, which is Spanish for sprite, and it has worked to represent the fiery spirit that has come to be associated with the land of Goya, the Alhambra, and Ernest Hemingway’s best-known love stories. Through its world-renowned mastery of fine materials, La Perla “embodies the essence of a style that knows how to “play with fire” while preserving its elegance.”

Spain also happens to be home to so many well-loved names in fast fashion: Inditex, the parent company of Zara, Massimo Dutti, and Stradivarius, is located in a city on the sunny coast of the Spanish northwest. The country is no stranger to luxury fashion houses too, having reared the talents that established Balenciaga and Loewe. Here in Jakarta, we have pretty easy access to even more Spanish retailers with price ranges to suit all budgets like Mango, Hoss Intropia, and Suite Blanco. But there’s a whole other world we don’t have practical access to, and here are some looks from those labels that I’m digging right now!

Ailanto

This is a brand established in 1995 by Barcelona-based twin brothers Iñaki and Aitor Muñoz. They’ve won awards at home where they are also members of ACME, Spain’s version of our own Ikatan Perancang Mode Indonesia (IPMI). They are proponents of strong shoulders and solid silhouettes; I love, love, loved their F/W ’13 collection, which hearkened back to a 1960s mod look through stern heavy coats, geometric patterns, and the oh-so-tricky mustard shade. They remind me a lot of Singapore’s RAOUL, which also makes great use of no-frills silhouettes and prints.

Adolfo Dominguez

The business that Dominguez presides over has expanded to include perfumes in addition to his crisp, clean-cut fashion. Personally, part of his appeal to me lies in his talent to create formal wear that isn’t stuffy or dated; conversely, the daytime dresses we see from him have special little touches that make them versatile enough to take from daytime to nighttime just like that. His easygoing style has made him a favorite with Hollywood darling Gwyneth Paltrow.


Armand Basi

The Basi family has been in the clothing business since the 1940s, and they’ve spent those years perfecting their designs and retail strategies to keep the business in the family. They first started by producing quality knitwear, but in the decades since have expanded to become a label known for casual but polished clothing for young professional urbanites. While fashion remains the backbone of the business, they also offer  watches, eyewear, and fragrances. Fun fact about this brand: its Creative Director is Juste de Nin, a descendant of writer Anaïs Nin!