One of the biggest events in Malaga takes place in mid-September – Malaga Fashion Week takes over Calle Larios. For two full evenings as local, Spanish and international fashion design strutts its stuff along the longest catwalk in Europe, all 300 metres of it lined with stunning turquoise carpet. Now into its ninth year and attracting big names on the fashion scene, Malaga Fashion Week is a must-see if you happen to be in the city during September.
The 9th edition takes place on Friday 13 September and Saturday 14 September 2019.
Haute couture takes centre stage on Friday with 9 local designers including veterans Ángel Palazuelos, Gemma Melé, Rafael Urquízar and Jesús Salgado, presenting his new collection “Between heaven and earth”. Joining them will be Romina Brunelli and Antonia Garcia Galiano. All put the emphasis on high fashion made by hand so expect to see some beautifully-craftedoutfits. On the catwalk, you’ll see a long line-up of evening dresses and suits, swimwear and bridal wear as well as other formal outfits.
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How to get a seat for Malaga Fashion Week
There are no tickets for this autumn event in Malaga so the trick is to get there early. Calle Larios is lined with rows of seats on both days, almost along the full length. Lots (and we mean lots) are reserved for the designers and their friends and family, but seats are available for the general public. To be sure of yours, we recommend getting there at least by 7pm, even earlier if you can. While you’re waiting you can watch them laying the long blue carpet ready for the catwalk.
At 8.30pm on Saturday the Larios catwalk takes on a more mass-designed air. Opening the show is a collection by men’s formal and informal suits by Felix Ramiro, followed by 13 other brands such as Kitana for ‘curvy women’; Catalina Garcia and her collection of flowing, colourful dresses; Mario Teo with their signature teddy bear on every item of men’s clothing; Karlota Nolan showcasing their modern haute couture at affordable prices; and Banana Moon swimwear. Closing the show this year is Xisco Morales who won the 2019 Malaga Creates prize. His fashion designs promise to add an unusual touch to the evening.
What to expect
Note that the rest of this blog post refers to Malaga Fashion Week in 2019 and 2016. At Guide to Malaga we were lucky enough to have front-row seats for both occasionsand so we got a close-up view of all the latest designs. This blog post includes our highlights and some pictures and videos of all that went on during the Larios Catwalk at Malaga Fashion Week in 2019 and 2016. So, grab yourself a glass of wine, sit back and relax while you discover what men and women will be wearing next (or not!).
Highlights at Malaga Fashion Week 2019
This year’s Pasarela Larios had several highlights for us. We loved the swishing designs by Susana Hidalgo – her finale bridal gown was one of our absolute favourites. As you can see in the video below, the model really “owned” the dress.
Barbara and Nicole Kimpel (the latter aka Antonio Banderas’ partner) presented their debut collection. Silk and velvet featured heavily in long and short outfits with snappy accessories. Gemma Melé, a veteran on the Pasarela Larios presented her latest collection. Feathers, lace and veils took centre-stage here.
Next up were Montesco, a local haute couture company whose designers Mario Camino and Carlos Aguirre received the Golden Pin 2019 (Alfiler de Oro) in recognition of their talent. Theirs was the most inclusive collections on the catwalk with 2 male models strutting their stuff. Pinks, blacks and whites, long gloves and amazing hair accessories were the signatures here.
Our vote for the most colourful collection goes to Antonia Galiano, another Malaga designer. Her models walked by in one gorgeous shade after another as they showed off Galiano’s formal and evening wear.
Another of the highlights came in Angel Palazuelos’ collection. He’s one of the most respected haute couture designers in Malaga and this year, his designs had a decidedly Carmen theme. To the chords of Bizet’s “Toreador, toreador”, his models weaved their way down the catwalk dressed in bullfighters. The detail on the embroidered cloaks was exquisite and Palazuelo received the largest round of applause when he brought up the rear.
Highlights at Malaga Fashion Week 2016
Young Designers Prize
One of the highlights for us was the Ribera del Duero wine prize for best new fashion designer in Malaga. The 10 finalists had all designed an outfit inspired by Ribera del Duero red wine. Ranging from traditional Spanish (complete with mantilla and fan) to modern transparencies, all designs were well received and proved that Malaga fashion design is up there with the very best.
Gioconda Novias provided a real treat of bridal gowns and these literally flowed along the catwalk. Leading the models down that great long blue carpet was a man dressed as a faune and playing a pipe. Very romantic.
Pompons, feathers and an elephant
One of the best collections for men came from Hugo Clavelina. His outfits included pompons, gold feathers, patterned trousers and an almost completely transparent all-in-one. You could hear a pin drop when that model walked past!
Take me to the garden
Local designer Angel Palazuelos never fails to put on a good show when he’s at Malaga Fashion Week and this year was no exception. He teamed up with the Guzmán Garden Center and between them, they offered an amazing catwalk of evening dresses (many almost transparent – showing nearly all is obviously very in this year) topped with stunning real flower head pieces. In complete contrast to this exhuberance, the men wore simple beige trousers and transparent tops decorated with real leaves and flowers.
The man of the moment
In the end he didn’t appear in person, but Antonio Banderas was probably the most awaited designer. His collection – Selected Homme – took to the catwalk last of all and his models were the only ones to walk up and down the whole way. After Hugo Clavelina’s pompons and Emidio Tucci Black’s vibrant, multi-coloured socks, this one was a little dull, to be honest. But everyone loves Antonio and these models got the biggest applause of the evening.
Malaga Fashion Week is one of the events including in the year-round calendar in the Events section of our Guide to Malaga.