The fall-winter season brings some of the most important fashion events of the year here in Barcelona.
Vanguard design and vintage inspiration, timeless designs and iconic creations are being celebrated in the city with fairs and events that bring together curious and aficionados alike for shopping nights, presentations and fairs.
Barcelona Shopping Night
A movement that spread through Barcelona during the sixties and early seventies, La Gauche Divine has its group linked to the film movement called the School of Barcelona. Most of its members came from the bourgeoisie and the upper classes of the Catalan capital. Among them were writers and poets, architects and designers, singers, photographers, editors and people from the world of cinema and members of the Barcelona School, models such as Teresa Gimpera or Isabel Gil Moreno de Mora, known as "Belle Bel" or "The girl Isabel" and considered the group's muse.
La Gauche Divine marked a whole generation. Its members were in their twenties and joined this transgressive movement despite their deep individualism. The space of the Gauche Divine, devoid of institutional support, took place in cheap restaurants in Barcelona, in Playa de Aro, in Cadaqués and in the Bocaccio nightclub, its true epicentre. La Gauche Divine was, however, much more than socializing. It served so that architects like Correa, Milá, Bofill and, definitively, the School of Architecture of Barcelona made a network with the School of Eina Design, with models, editors, writers and philosophers. In the heat of La Gauche Divine, magazines such as Siglo XXI are iconic for the exemplary freedom with which they worked at the time.
080 is the city’s bi-annual fashion week and maybe the best showcase of the vanguard style of Barcelona. From designer fashion to commercial chains 080 is a comprehensive showcase for the city’s fashion talent. The event is held at the UNESCO-listed Hospital de Sant Pau, a Modernista gem that adds a signature Barcelona backdrop to the catwalks. Deep in the subterranean tunnels leading to the catwalk salon, a static exhibition showcased the young talent emerging from nine local fashion colleges.
080 is an event that celebrates and awards emerging fashion design from Barcelona and the last edition introduced for instance Killing Weekend, and independent fashion brand that looks towards individuality, authenticity and local production in limited edition designs based on sustainability. Z1 was another newcomer of the 22nd edition – a fashion brand with functional, elegant and contemporary unisex style. Catalan designer Xevi Fernández also made his debut on the 080 with Fifteen Minutes Fame inspired by Andy Warhol’s subversive The Factory, which broke the standards of the traditional establishment and launched the careers of the likes of Edie Sedwick and Bob Dylan.
The next edition (the 23rd) of 080 will take place in February 2019.
Joya Art Jewellery Fair
JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects is the main art jewellery and art objects event in Spain. Gathering a great number of independent artists as well as related organizations, schools and other entities, JOYA, in its 10th edition prepares to present excellence and innovation in contemporary art jewellery and objects. JOYA 2018 takes place on October 4th - 6th 2018.
To celebrate its 10th anniversary the fair will take place at Disseny Hub Barcelona, a driving space for the emerging design of the city. JOYA includes this year the exhibition of auteur pieces, made by sculptors, artists and craftsmen. The event will also feature the JOYA-Worth Award, which will be awarded for the first time this year in acknowledgement of the effort and work of the participating artists. With the occasion, you can also see a retrospective exhibition with a selection of pieces by Catalan jeweller Ramon Puig Cuyàs showcasing his journey from 1985 to 2018. Puig Cuyàs is a professor at the School of Art and Design Escola Massana in Barcelona and renowned for the innumerable brooches he has designed for years, including the series Architecture and Network.