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The Style Report meets the Spanish heritage label’s creative director Josep Font to find out how his architectural background informs his couture-like collections.
Words by Jane McFarland.
It’s little surprise to learn that Delpozo’s creative director Josep Font studied architecture before turning to fashion. Inventive shapes, couture-like construction and proportion play are all cornerstones of the brand’s DNA.
Appointed to the top job at the venerable Spanish label in 2012, Font has overseen something of a renaissance at Delpozo. ‘Delpozo is a renowned fashion house in Spain with over 40 years of history. When I was appointed, my goal was to start a new chapter for the house with a new language and a fresh and modern vision – while respecting its legacy of atelier workmanship,’ he says. ‘We wanted to preserve its heritage while we incorporated new symbols as well.’
Under Font’s watchful eye, Delpozo has become associated with vibrant colour, sculptural silhouettes and artisanal detailing. But it’s not all red-carpet-worthy pieces. Font’s inaugural Pre-AW16 outing – inspired by the colour play of Mexican architect Luis Barragán and Japanese lensman Nobuyoshi Araki – introduced looped fringe knitwear, shirting with origami-like floral appliqué and sharp culottes, all of which translated into special yet wearable daywear. The Style Report learns more.
How does the culture of Spain influence your work?
‘Our atelier is based in Madrid, where I also live, although I’m always travelling to New York or Paris because of work. Spanish landscape is very important for my creations. I travel out to the countryside on weekends, especially to L’Empordà, a small region of the north of Spain in Catalunya. The nature, the views, the beach near the forest, the traditional homes of this northern region… it has always inspired me.’
How would you describe Delpozo’s label DNA?
‘Our collections are built from artisanal techniques combined with fresh designs to create timeless pieces for a feminine, yet strong woman. Craftsmanship, detail, colour, quality, modernity and femininity are key to the brand. Delpozo is an attitude and a lifestyle.’
I love your use of colour. What are your favourite combinations and are they inspired by artists or nature?
‘I love colour, it’s crucial for my designs. For Pre-AW16, I played with colour through explosions of it everywhere. Clean architectural silhouettes pop with bright colours inspired by Mexican colourist and architect Luis Barragán: cerulean-blue Lurex-knit tops, flame-red mohair tartan coats, grass-green wool-crêpe dresses. As for nature, it is very important to me; it’s my constant inspiration.’
Who is the Delpozo woman?
‘She’s interested in fashion and looks for unique pieces. She is very intriguing and very modern. She is ahead of her time. She is delicate yet strong. One of the most important things is that she dresses for herself, not for others – that’s how she understands fashion and what suits her best.’
The label is classed as demi-couture – how important is it that the clothes work for daytime too?
‘Craftsmanship is in the centre of Delpozo and translates in the way our atelier works. The techniques that we use are very important. I try to reclaim artisanal techniques and combine them with fresh designs to create delicate collections for daytime, work, night and all kind of situations – from poplin shirts to embroidered evening gowns.’
If you weren’t working in fashion (or architecture), what would you be doing?
‘Probably I would be a florist, or maybe an antiquarian.’
What women, past and present, epitomise great style for you?
‘Jean Seberg – I’m inspired by her unique allure. She truly embodies modernity with her rebelliousness and non-conformity.’