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Fashion writer, Vera Ciria talks us through what’s on her Barcelona style radar. This month, she gives us some suggestions about where to find special Christmas gifts.
With the Christmas season fast approaching, many of you will be turning your thoughts to holidays in warmer or colder climes, festive food, survival tactics and, above all, panicking about gifts. Love it or hate it, Christmas is going to eat up your time, cash and energy over the coming weeks. As the stores careen into a frenzy to grab our attention, maybe it’s time to slow down and think about where you will be putting your hard-earned money. Considering it is the season of goodwill, why not help out others while acquiring truly original presents that won’t be stuffed in the bin by the 26th? The month of December is awash with festive, artisan and independent designer markets where you can pick up lovely items that don’t break the bank and will help struggling, talented artists who need YOU more than the high-street stores do. I’ve sorted through the lot to bring you the two best options.
This fair is one-of-a-kind in Barcelona. Only designers that can fully certify that their creations are entirely handmade are allowed to participate. This is the stylish side of crafting. From quirky men’s t-shirts created by Antonio Ladrillo to beautiful jewellery by Après Ski, delicious jams and honeys whipped up by La Ballena Elena to the most luscious soaps in the world by Olivia, Festivalet is a fabulous blend of fashion, cute decorative items and food. Keep an eye out for Bylina’s stall: Katerina sources and saves bits of embroidered cloth, sheets, pillowcases and tablecloths, converting these pieces into wall-hangings and cushions that are absolutely gorgeous. This edition will be held on December 3rd and 4th at the FAD venue in Plaça des Àngels, right in front of the MACBA building. www.festivalet.org
Dress Up Showroom
Feeling that the city was lacking initiatives for emerging talents, this collective of independent fashion designers banded together in 2009 to showcase the best of their creations. This is the place to go if you’re fed up with appearing at parties and finding at least three other people dressed exactly the same. The Dress Up designers often produce only one or two versions of each garment so rest assured that your purchase will be exclusive. Hiske Ter Veld is the star designer of this event, with beautiful dresses and separates that you won’t want to miss. The event has been held in different beautiful venues and settings around the city, and this edition will be held on December 10th and 11th at the new Caleidoscopio Space in the Gòtic neighbourhood (Passatge Escudellers 5).
The important thing to keep in mind is to try and not lose your head at Christmas. Remember, less is more and don’t forget taste and elegance. After a very difficult 2011 for everyone, I wish you all your most fashionable best for 2012.
Read more of Vera’s fashion news at: www.veraciria.com/blog