Dear Diane, dear Shaded Viewers,

I couldn’t see the Duyos show last night as there was another show off Cibeles that I had to go to: Palomo. I’ll tell you more about it soon.

For now, I’ll just say that I’m writing this posts on Madrid Fashion Week wrapped on a wool poncho that Juan Duyos designed, and I bought, more than 15 years ago… It’s a garment that’s never too far when the cold announces the fall… a piece of clothe I couldn’t imagine my life without…

That goes to say that I know and like Duyos’ work as much I like him and his partner, Borja.

This could be enough to write a good review if I had no ethics but what I was lucky to see in the backstage left me wordless… Actually not. There’s one expression I repeatedly told the designer: “you’ve gone nuts”.

This recent times Duyos went through a minimalist phase looking for simplicity and this season he’s put a very bold end to it. In a style I could only define as midcentury couture perfect for an extremely elegant ball -or also what an Eurovision winner should have wore in the early 60’s-, the collection Botanica is so extremely rich in details and craft and general elegance that even he recognized he might have gone a bit too far. Although this collection shows how creative generosity ain’t something to regret.



Mario Canal

Arts writer and art curator. Spaniard from Madrid with Parisian accent. Used to steal my sister's magazines but fashion is elsewhere now. It's something else. Trying to figure this out while putting new creative projects together.