Delpozo's Josep Font Looks Toward a Romantic Future for Fall
The Spanish designer, trained as an architect, calls his aesthetic "Pret-a-Couture."
Josep Font's fall 2016 collection for Delpozo, held at Chelsea Piers in New York, was much more crowded with A-list editors and retailers than his spring 2016 collection. Ken Downing from Neiman Marcus was furiously taking notes; Olivia Palermo posed for photographers; and A-list editors from Elle, Vogue, WSJ and countless European magazines lined the front row. What happened? Spring 2016 was so gorgeous and launched Delpozo's hot new handbags — that editors finally got the memo (email?).
The collection, with its mix of tulle and heavy and colorful but well-shaped wool, embroidered tulle over sequin gowns, embellished rock crystal, long leather gloves and clunky platform oxfords in various colored sequins (blue was a fave) worn with almost every look, day or evening, made it a study in mixed media.
DIVINE SHINE: Looks from Delpozo's fall 2016 collection. (Photo: Courtesy of Peter Stigter)
Every look was crafted with rows of beads, florals, embroidery — it's so ready for the red carpet it's ridiculous. Still, it will take a fashion forward femme — the likes of Kiernan Shipka and Cate Blanchett — to don such complicated clothes. But oh, could we see Saoirse Ronan in one of these babies. They have a youth about them — covered up, but sheer, puffy sleeves, a fit and flare silhouette; what it's really got is charm. Pret-a-Reporter talked backstage with Font about his spring 2016 inspirations.
Pret-a-Reporter: What is your overwhelming aesthetic this season? I know you always have one.
Font: It is the 1927 film Metropolis — a German expressionist science fiction film by Fritz Lang — about an urban dystopia. I used a lot of silver and brilliant colored fabrics combined with digital fabrics and elements. It's always about the future and about romance. A romantic future? I guess it's romanticism filtered through the eyes of futurism.
Where on earth do you get your sense of color? A silver lame jumpsuit covered with green and orange fabrics.
From the inside of my head! I see colors combining in my mind like an explosion. That's what you're seeing — the inside of my mind.
You showed your second collection of handbags, which in this case, were mini-sized and encrusted with crystals. Are you happy with how your first collection of bags sold to the stores?
Oh, yes, very happy. The buyers really embraced them and loved the colors. [Many of the new Delpozo bags are color blocked, and available soon at Bergdorf's and Moda Operandi.]
Those leather gloves with crystals were incredible! Will those be available for sale? I can so see Lady Gaga grabbing those.
Oh, yes, they will be for sale and they accompany the looks. It's the first time I've worked with gloves. I like the embroidery and the color. Gloves are by nature romantic, but these are more romantic.
Were you inspired by Amal Clooney's long opera gloves at the 2015 Golden Globes?
Perhaps. Everything I see inspires me.
Why clunky sequin platform shoes with almost every look? Those shoes are going to be a hot ticket!
Oh yes, the shoes will be produced for stores. I don't like typical shoes. These are not typical clothes — they are all about a contrast — the masculine style shoe in a feminine fabric, contrasted with light ethereal clothes on the body.