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 struttsits stuff along the longest catwalk in Europe, all 300 metres of it. Now into its eighth 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 will take place on Friday 13 September and Saturday 14 September 2019. The information below refers to the 2018 edition. Bookmark this page for up-to-date information.
Haute couture takes centre stage on Friday with local designers Ángel Palazuelos, Juan Segovia, Sandra Rojas, Gemma Melé, Rafael Urquízar and Javier Alcántara, who receives the ‘Golden Pin’ 2018 award for contribution to fashion. Shoe designer Abraham Zambrana from Jerez will be showing his first collection of shoes with Montesco designs. Expect evening dresses and suits, swimwear and bridal wear as well as other formal outfits.
At 8.30pm on Saturday the Larios catwalk takes on a more international air. Opening the show is a collection by Juan Carlos Armas from Tenerife, followed by Savida and Gallery colllection (Dunnes Stores), Banana Moon (swimwear), Lucas Balboa and Mario Teo. Adding the international touch are Hind Iraqi Caftan from Morocco and Ewaiso design from Africa. Spanish designer, famous for her vibrant colours and geometric designs, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada closes the show.
What to expect
Note that the rest of this blog post refers to Malaga Fashion Week in 2016. At Guide to Malaga we were lucky enough to have front-row seats for both evenings and 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 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
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.