For anyone who has walked through the boutique-filled
streets of Palermo Soho, a trendy Buenos Aires neighbourhood, it quickly
becomes obvious that Porteños have a great sense of style. The city is also home
to a vibrant fashion community, where dozens of independent designers and
clothing brands influence country and continent-wide fashion trends.
In such a fashion-conscious city, the
bi-annual Buenos Aires Fashion
Week (BAFWeek) is an important event, spotlighting the country’s growing influence in
the world of haute couture. The autumn/winter shows, taking place from 26 February
to 1 March at the city’s largest conference centre, La Rural, will fuse four days of catwalks shows and designer showrooms by Argentina's
BAFWeek stands out from other fashion weeks by putting
an exciting collaboration at the centre of the proceedings. This year's theme
is the fusion between illustration and fashion, with 10 Argentinean illustrators
and 10 designers working together to create 10 new outfits influenced by both these
ideas. The resulting pieces will be used in the advertising campaign for the
show, and some will be presented during BAFWeek.
Local independent brands will on display and
for sale in the conference centre’s more than 30 showrooms, and around 20 catwalk
shows will feature men and women's clothes along with shoes, jewellery, bags
and other accessories. Watch out for internationally recognised Argentine
designer Pablo Ramírez’s new
collection, inspired by the youth of the late 1950s and early 1960s, and Buenos
Aires designer Benitez Emilse,
whose collection purposely contrasts the flashy outfits of the Argentine
Carnival with neutral tones and black leather.
To get a sneak preview of South America’s fashion
of the future, don’t miss the 1 March show by Débora D´Amico and María Noel
Pepe, the winners of a University of Buenos Aires design competition. María Noel Pepe’s collection “Puppets”
takes its inspiration from antique hand puppets and includes materials such as
wood and brass bolts, while Débora D´Amico’s collection “Wanderer” is inspired
by famous Argentine Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s first trip through South America
and will includes touches of revolutionary and militant design elements.
Tickets to BAFWeek cost 40 Argentinean pesos and can be
bought at the venue on any day of the show. A full schedule of catwalk shows
can be found on the website.
Tim Fitzgerald is the
Buenos Aires Localite for BBC Travel. He also writes gringoinbuenosaires.com.