Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011, Part 2. Text and most photos by Glenn Belverio

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Above: Roberto Verino showed a sexy short film before his super-glam show

Dear Shaded Viewers,

I just flew back to New York from Vienna yesterday but before I post my report on MQ Vienna Fashion Week, here's more moda de Espana from Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week….

DAVIDELFIN

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Davidelfin is arguably the hottest designer in Spain (he also shows during New York Fashion Week and was featured on an episode of "Kell on Earth"– the reality show about Kelly Cutrone's company People's Revolution which produces Davidelfin's NY show.) Pedro Almodovar's cinematographer was on hand at the Madrid show shooting footage for a film about the designer. This season Davidelfin was all about slicing suits and shirts in unexpected ways–not entirely new territory for him but I admire his consistency and I love his color palette. And so says the designer of this collection: "The repetition of the same thought expressed in different ways." (I did hear a few Spaniards complain that David is cutting too close to the archives of Raf Simons, by the way.) Not as great as the collection I saw in Madrid last year, but I'm still a fan.

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Davidelfin in the Kissing Room after his show with his friend, the famed furrier Elena Benarroch. I love David's face–so handsome and such a divine jawline. 

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Davidelfin's shows always draw the grooviest of Madrid. Here is Spain's ruling rock 'n' roll couple, Mario Vaquerizo, the lead singer of Nancys Rubias (think: Spain's answer to The New York Dolls) & his wife Alaska who is basically the Madonna of Spain and all other Spanish-speaking countries. I had the pleasure of seeing Nancys Rubias perform last year in Barcelona at a party for V magazine.

Alaska, while younger than Madonna, has been around since the early '80s when Madrid was deep in the frenzy of "La Movida." She appears as a teenage punk-rock lesbian in Almodovar's first film, "Pepi, Luci and Bom." A clip:


FRANCIS MONTESINO

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We all loved Francis Montesino's epic, 30+ minute catwalk extravaganza–a delirious, hallucinatory affair that had us all cooing and giggling throughout and well after. And how could it not? It was inspired by hippie parties on Ibiza in the '60s! (A nice pairing with Marc Jacobs's '70s glam Biba orgasm during NY Fashion Week.) Says Montesino, "The hippie phenomenon…breathed life into everything that was to later mark the new civilizations of fashion, music, literature, painting, dance and the new artistic expressions." Today's children need to know! 

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Because it's just not fashion week without Star Wars storm troopers rubbing armored elbows with the rest of the jet set….

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Burger King (!) was one of the sponsors of Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week. They wisely kept the branding very subtle–no images of food anywhere and no Whopper canapes in the Kissing Room (much to my dismay…)

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In case you were wondering what the gay scene is like in Madrid…one club was offering a show with the theme "The Daughter of Woody Allen." I give them an A+ for the concept and the poster alone.

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Fashion writer & fellow foodie Angela Gaimari perched on a Kubrick-like chair in my Zaha Hadid-designed room at the Puerta America hotel.

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Paella and other Spanish dishes were served for lunch in the Cibeles cafe.

ROBERTO VERINO

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Verino presented the must-have accessories of spring '11: Swarovski-encrusted scuba gear, including a harpoon! Just the thing for taking down your enemies in style at chic pool parties.

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I loved the stage set at Dolores Cortes's show–it was very '70s variety show meets "Logan's Run."

 

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Food porn alert! Olives stuffed with mussels and peppers at Mercado San Miguel.

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Beef Wellington washed down with a glass of cava.

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The biggest, slurpiest, tastiest oysters I've ever had!

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Plaza Mayor by night.

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The Royal Palace

 Further Reading: Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week Spring 2011 Part 1

Besos,

Glenn Belverio

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