Thirty-nine-year-old Madrid-based label Delpozo is enjoying a relatively quiet revival thanks to new creative director Josep Font, whose spring 2014 collection--his third for the house--will likely drum up quite a bit more buzz. And not just because of the glamorous front row--including Olivia Palermo and Lauren Santo Domingo, the latter of who was an early supporter of Font.
This collection, shown in a small but sun-drenched, wreath-adorned gallery space, was pretty incredible--every look was more stunning and impressive than the last. Models glided elegantly through the room in Font's sculptural-yet-delicate wares, all done with masterful skill and attention to detail. His inspiration, according to the show notes, was Corot's portrait "Gypsy Woman with Tambourine."
The reference was clear in effortless off-the-shoulder blouses and exaggerated, voluminous skirts, as well as stunning, colorful floral embroidery and delicate crinoline appliqués.
Many pieces seemed to float off the body--an effortless look that undoubtedly required a ton of effort to execute so well. Skirts and dresses were hemmed at the ankle--giving them a more modern feel--all the better to show off a great pair of shoes, as did pockets sewn into many skirts and dresses--a detail that seems to be catching on thanks to Dior's Raf Simons.
Several dresses also had an apron-like shape with thick black straps, which felt functional and cool. And there were just as many options for the tomboys--such as crewneck fisherman sweaters, button-downs and high-waisted shorts--as there were for those of us who like to walk around looking like gorgeous ballerina angels.
Based on all the praise I heard post-show, I think it's safe to call this collection a unanimous hit. In fact, Font's designs almost felt too good to be shown in New York (no offense, #NYFW), but we're certainly glad to have him, and look forward to seeing more of his beautiful work.