The purpose of our trip to Barcelona might have been to see the 080 BCN Fashion show but the city has a way of continuously surprising you; you’ll always find more than you were looking for.


Our motto at SoCatchy! Where Fashion Begins is to shine a light on entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity in the fashion world, to dig deeper than the upcoming season or hottest brands, we’re looking for that “je ne sais quois” the captures and focuses our attention.  We like to be surprise and Barcelona obliged, almost overwhelming us during the week we spent there.  Starting with the people who helped Lourdes Marín and myself feel at home and guide us throughout the trip.  Thanks to Celia for taking us in and helping us with the day to day necessities, thanks to Nico for showing us the lighter side of Barcelona, thanks to our “front row” colleagues Vito Montedoro and Andrea Pinto for keeping us company; and last but not least, Marina Jiménez, because you are a fountain of inspiration and a shining example that producing quality work pays off.  We discovered hotspots around the city of fantastic shops and hidden treasures, like Nu Sabates  or La Clinique Fine Store.  We met both up-and-coming and veteran designers who provided the week of fashion with color and imagination and we photographed the street styles of one of the most important European cities, and in consequence we met amazing people like Alice y Gabriella Fenwick or Anita Ottaviano from Logos Pr.


Selim de Somavilla, Manuel Bolaños, Txell Miras, Zazo & Brull, Manuel Cruz Castillo or the fresh new ideas of MODAFAD, the catwalk of emerging fashion designers at 080 caught our eye but without a doubt, our favorite collection was the The Hot Snow Patrol by Krizia Robustella, which brought the ski slopes of the 80s to our modern day urban world with the amazing illustrations of Marta Veludo.


And Braind & Beast, with Decálogue Part VII <ROMANTIK>, an ode to love, the purest emotions and the origin of life, with a nod to the continent of Africa as a symbol of our beginnings.  In a little bit we’ll take the time to get a closer look at the talented designers, Angel Vilda, Cesar Olivar and Verónica Raposo who were the winners of this latest edition of 080 BCN Fashion.  We’d also like to give special mention to the post-catwalk party they organized in their shop in Barcelona’s Born neighborhood, you’re wonderful hosts, have good taste in music and we were able to get a closer look at the collections.


We’ll leave you with a selection of photos illustrating our visit to the Mediterranean city and keep checking back, we’ve got more interviews in the works.  The 080 BCN Fashion show provided a lot of inspiration and Catalan creativity has left a deep impression.  We’ll have more soon!

Photos by Lourdes Rodriguez

Translated by Michael Padilla