Spanish menswear designer Carlota Barrera debuted her first-ever collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid as part of the Spring/Summer 2019 season showcase. Her captivating 20-piece line, titled “The Matador and the Fisherman,” fuses classic style elements with charming avant-garde detailing.
“Inspired by the confrontation of the man against the beast, the collection questions which of the two embodies each role: on one hand, through the Spanish tradition of bullfighting, and on the other with the work of fishermen who fight against storms and marine beasts,” a press release explained about the line’s inspiration.
This collection is intended to be “a dialogue between the purpose of beauty in the matador costume with its marked silhouette in contraposition to the practicality of fishermen’s attire,” according to the brand. “The concept of masculinity and beauty is exalted with a certain erotic component, and both worlds merge in the detailed embroidery, representing flowers, corals and seaweed. It’s a love story between the matador and the fisherman, and also between the old tailoring and the new techniques of design and making.”
In making this collection, Carlota Barrera focused on different manual craftsmanship techniques, accentuating the important role of these nearly-endangered crafts in the Spanish tradition. You will be able to spot intricate woven accessories and even blazers, cotton twill pants perfect for sunny summers in Spain, and polished coats that are absolutely divine.
The Spring/Summer 2019 designs will soon be available for pre-order on the designer’s website, so be sure to keep an eye out for updates.