080 Barcelona Fashion Fall/Winter 2009 by Glenn Belverio. Catwalk photos by Biel Sol; most other photos by Glenn Belverio.

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Above: Big Brother was watching us in Barcelona at Gori de Palma

Dear Shaded Viewers,

I'm still here in sunny Vicky Christina Barcelona, enjoying the view of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia from the 25th floor lounge of the Hotel ME. This edition of 080 Barcelona Fashion–which is made possible by the Government of Catalonia and the Barcelona City Council–included both local and international designers. As before, Systeme D did a terrific job with organizing the international press and ensuring that everything went smoothly. This season I met up with my friend from NYC, Carole Pope–lesbian rockstar, fashion journalist and author of the memoir "Anti Diva," soon to be a major motion picture. My pal from northern England, Mark "skinhead Oscar Wilde" Simpson, also clocked in an appearance at 080. Here are my highlights from the 3-day fashion event.

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Shortly after landing, Carole and I made our way over to the 080 Press Lounge for some eye-opening mojitos with extra sugar.

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080 Barcelona Fashion just wouldn't be complete without a nightly show by the Font Magica de Montjuic.

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I was surprised and delighted to see this collection by Mareunrol's, who are the design team Marite Mastina and Rolands Peterkops from Latvia. I remember seeing images of models wearing these outlandishly outsized wigs here on A Shaded View and then my friend Gabriel said he had seen the film, which was shown before this runway show, when Diane presented A Shaded View on Fashion Film in Mexico City.

This collection was inspired by American film noir and Japanese detective tales. Some of the pieces in this collection of "suspicious housewives, killers, bank robbers and drug dealers" reminded Carole and I of Matsuda in the '80s. Clean, focused and polished, Mareunrol's collection was definitely a highlight of 080.

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GORI DE PALMA

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de Palma's collection was, more or less, inspired by skinhead style. I really liked the film projection and the band that played at the end of the runway.

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Carole and I hanging out in the front row

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During the Press Lunch, Carole and I had orgasms over the foie gras and mushroom-stuffed pasta.

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After the rare veal with bacon, I acquired a small case of gout. I simply adore the diseases of the upper classes.

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On Day 3, Mark Simpson stopped by to catch some shows. He unwittingly and coincidentally arrived donned in the colors of the Catalan flag. 

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British designer J Smith Esquire's collection was inspired by "impulsive reactions…hunting for pleasure." Mark and I were a bit baffled about what the actual clothes were supposed to be–denim aprons and tank tops?–but we were entertained by the whimsical animal masks and the fetching male models.

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Carole Pope soaks up the Catalan sun

A bunch of us headed down to Barceloneta for a seafood lunch by the beach. It certainly was a lovely day for it.

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Me with Frederic from Modem online.

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Frederic and Corinne seconds before they dove into their plates of calamari. I had a yummy starter of clams and white beans.

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Mark didn't know what quite to make of his entree of Mediterranean crayfish.

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Energetic Japanese designer Seiko Taki won this season's Barcelona Fashion Award (20,000 euros) and she deserved it because her collection was beautiful. Inspired by "a woman standing in a large saucer with her back facing the audience" (didn't Yoko Ono do that once?), the collection employed soft, delicate lace over a more urban, fitted, and masculine suit silhouette. My favorite look was the shimmery gun metal lame top and pants which caught the light in a wonderful way.

No slouch, Taki has worked as a teacher of Ikebana in Japan and was the artistic director at Chinami Kamishima for catwalk shows at Tokyo Fashion Week. In 2002 in Paris, she studied fashion design at the Ecole Superieure des Modelistes du Vetement and at the Academie Internationale de Coupe. Congrats on your prize, Seiko!

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In between some shows I found some time to run around Barcelona with Carole and then with Mark the day after the shows…

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Apparently the Spanish version of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" comes with ass cheeks.

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Student protestors adorned this statue with placards. I believe the protest had something to do with the rising cost of education in Catalonia.

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Mark and I had a wonderful fresh seafood lunch at La Boqueria before he jetted back to the UK.

Thanks for reading!

Love,
Glenn Belverio


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