Valencia Fashion Week takes place in the centre of the city in the Agora, one of the most emblematic icons of Valencia
Spanish fashion has slowly been taking over the UK high street with the likes of Zara, Mango, Massimo Dutti and Camper becoming ever more popular, as well as designers such as Collada García and Emilio de la Morena featuring in high end stores and at London Fashion Week.
For the chance to see more than 26 emerging and professional fashion designers show case their summer 2014 collections, the fashion pack should head to Valencia Fashion Week from 19-21 September 2013.
The event will host designers from Valencia as well as from Madrid, Murcia, Canary Islands, Mallorca and Bilbao and it will be the chance to see what might hit the UK high streets in the Spanish stores next year.
Valencia Fashion Week takes place in the centre of the city in the Agora, one of the most emblematic icons of Valencia and expects to attract around 32,000 visitors. Visitors to the city can watch the fashion shows for free live on a giant screen in Plaza de la Moda or pick up tickets for shows at the Plaza de los Pinazo, next to El Corte Inglés close to Colón Subway.
The following young up and coming designers and brands will be showing:
• Nomasculoblanco (www.nomasculoblanco.com) – the first brand of swimming costume designed to get an allover tan, avoiding the usual white bikini marks. The name means ‘no white bottom anymore’ and they offer beautiful designs at very reasonable prices, from €22.
• Siemprevivas (www.siemprevivas.es) – there are two designers in charge of this Valencian brand, Adrián Salvador and Lucas Saragosí. Designers such as British Peter Pilotto, (www.peterpilotto.com) and Spanish Adolfo Domínguez (www.adolfodominguez.com) have worked with them.
• Adrián Salvador now works in New York with USA brand J. Mendel (www.jmendel.com) and has since designed clothes for Michelle Obama and American Vogue editor, Anna Wintour, Vogue Manager. Valencian Ceramics company Peronda (www.peronda.com) is the sponsor for Siemprevivas.
Away from the shows Valencia is a real mecca for shoppers where they can pick up anything from glamorous one-off designer dresses to high street fashion, as well as unique ceramics, embroidered silk and traditional Valencia produce including rice, wine and olive oil.
For high street fashion head to Calle Colón or for quirky boutiques Barrio de Carmen; for jewellery visit the Vicente Gracia store (www.vicentregraciajoyas.com), recognised as one of the 20th top jewellers in the world by Vogue magazine, and to see a fabulous variety of fresh produce head to the fabulous Colón Market (www.mercadocolon.es), one of Europe’s largest covered markets located in a stunning modernist building.
The Valencia region is well known for its ceramics and they come in many shapes and sizes, ranging from works of arts to kitchen staples. The famous Lladró porcelain (www.lladro.com) celebrates its 60th anniversary this year and is the place to buy luxury handcrafted porcelain figures.
Valencia also has a great range of shoe shops and even a specialist pet boutique, complete with outfits and furniture for furry friends.
Shopping tours are a good way to discover the best places to shop and visitors can hire a personal shopping guide. Personal shopping tours have four main themes: Deluxe, Urban, Arts & Crafts and Gifts and the guide will tailor the tour to suit your interests. There is even the chance to visit the factories and designers in their workspaces if this is something that is of interest.
Valencia is easily accessed with direct flights with Ryanair from Bristol, East Midlands, Stansted, Manchester and Dublin, EasyJet from Gatwick and Iberia from Heathrow to Barcelona, with a connection to Valencia.
Shopping tours can be booked from €18 per person for a two hour tour.
For more information Valencia and booking shopping tours visit www.visitvalencia.com
For more information on Valencia Fashion Week visit www.valenciafashionweek.com
Karin Jones @The Brewhouse Group
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