For those who had missed Delpozo’s show in New York earlier in the fashion month, the brand was offering a remedial course at the Intercontinental Hotel in Paris during collections. The Madrid-based label, rebooted last year by creative director, is fast making a name for itself for its quasi-couture silhouettes reimagined to fit into our Josep Font distinctly un-couture-like times. In a separate room, the house’s slowly expanding bridal line was also on view, painting a vision of luxurious romantic celebrations.
There is elegance in Font’s work that can only be traced back to his background in architecture and made for an interesting play on volumes. Inspired by the painting of a gypsy woman with a tambourine by French landscape painter Corot, the collection ran the gamut of ball skirts with major puff, to pretty sensible separates (pencil skirts, trousers, jackets, you name it, it was very prettily there). A striking balance between his two extremes was a cream skirt, embellished down the side with colorful flowers and bisected in the center by a U-shaped slit that showed a little leg. While the former makes little sense in real life, the latter was definitely a foray into covetable daywear which was supported by some pretty covetable footwear, both flats and heels.
On top of those was optical play a-plenty here; lines on a checkered print blurred and trompe-l’oeil elements lightened silhouettes that could have easily become stuffy. While no doubt strong and well made, now Font has to prove that he can walk a mile in those shoes.