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.
Note that because of covid-19 health and hygiene requirements, Malaga Fashion Week 2020 will take place in Gran Hotel Miramar, not on Calle Larios. Full details below.
A socially-distanced event in Malaga
This year’s event takes place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September at the Gran Hotel Miramar. Because of covid-19 restrictions, the usual venue on Calle Larios isn’t allowed this year (hopefully it will be back there in 2021). There will be fashion shows on the catwalk on both days, in the morning and afternoon, and all the shows will be streamed live via social media.
There’s a maximum capacity of 80 people per show and you need to book your ticket in advance. See details below. Fashions take place at 12.30, 6, 7.30 and 9.30pm on Saturday and at 12.30, 6 and 8pm on Sunday.
But despite the change in venue, all the shows will put Malaga fashion in the spotlight and showcase its talent. Expect to see some beautifully-crafted outfits. 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
Tickets are available online via this link and cost €20 for the day (Saturday or Sunday).
Certain top Malaga fashion designers have confirmed their presence including Rafael Urquízar, Jesús Segado, Susana Hidalgo, Jorge Sánchez (one of the newest designers to make a name in the city), Félix Ramiro and José Galván. You can see the full line-up here.
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.