Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid (MBFWM), the main showcase of Spanish Fashion, which is organised by Ifema, has concluded its 63rd edition with a very satisfactory outcome, both in terms of its attendance figures – with a total of 55,033 visitors, 9% more than in September of last year – and the high standard of design and creativity seen in exhibited collections. All this serves to bolster the status of MBFWM as the great global stage for Spanish design.
This year’s edition of the MBFWM fashion show was held between 18 and 23 February. The catwalk shows took place from 19 to 23 February in hall 14.1 of Feria de Madrid and a day earlier, on the 18th, the firm Desigual held a Re-see of its Autumn/Winter 2016/17 collections, staging a tour of the La Justicia neighbourhood in Madrid where some of the establishments on Calle Santo Tomé became pictograms explaining the Desigual style.
One of the highlights of the catwalk programme was the participation of three essential names in today’s Spanish fashion panorama: Felipe Varela, Jorge Vázquez and ManéMané. Their entry in the programme of catwalk shows at this 63rd edition helped to confirm Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid as one of the premier events in the world of fashion and international design, and is a further sign of the permanent and decisive support that this show has offered the Spanish fashion world as a whole for over thirty years, gradually incorporating the most important national designers of the moment into its programme.
Previous participants in the show across the years
Felipe Varela, Jorge Vázquez and ManéMané have all taken part in the Madrid show in previous years. Varela took to the catwalk for the first time during the Madrid Fashion Show in February 1996, where he returned again in September 1998 and then every year until February 2002. Jorge Vázquez presented his collections on the show’s general programme between September 2002 and February 2006, and ManéMané took part in the Samsung EGO platform of young creators in February and September 2013.
In recent years, MBFWM has included some key names from the current Spanish design panorama, such as Alvarno, The 2nd Skin, Juan Vidal, Etxeberría, Leandro Cano, Ulises
Mérida and Moisés Nieto, amongst others, who have received various awards in recognition of their work and whose designs are now worn by many famous celebrities from the world of international cinema and music.
Since it took its first steps in February 1985, the MBFWM has hosted the catwalk shows of nearly 300 Spanish creators. Many of them began their careers while the event was still in its early days, and are now major names on the Spanish
fashion scene. Other younger designers have become involved over the years, bringing their talent and new perspectives on fashion design with them, exuding the essence of modernity and contemporary elegance with their creative discourses.