Barcelona opens its doors to the world’s fashionistas this week with the 15th edition of the city’s biannual fashion week, 080 Fashion Barcelona. The event was launched in July 2007 as a platform to showcase independent Catalan designers and, in its short history, this celebration of local talent has gained an enviable reputation in the fashion world for creativity and innovation.
Sponsored by the Generalitat’s Consortium for Commerce, Craft and Fashion, Barcelona’s fashion week has been held in a number of the city’s most notable venues over the years, including the Fira de Barcelona, the Palau de Pedralbes, Plaça del Rei and the old Hospital de Sant Pau. Last year’s winter edition took place in the Mercat del Born Cultural Centre, and this year it’s the turn of the Museu Marítim.
From February 2nd, the former royal shipyard will welcome 080 Fashion Barcelona for four days, with over 30 catwalks in which emerging local designers are showcased alongside well-known labels with an international presence. Custo, Desigual and Mango are among the big brands that will be strutting their stuff for autumn/winter 2015/2016.
The catwalk shows are by invitation only, but stylish folk can still get ahead on next season’s trends and soak up some of the heady atmosphere in the Open Area. This section will house pop-up stores of over 50 brands, including clothing, footwear and accessories. Sign up online for your pass for the Open Area.