Tomorrow, Madrid’s Cibeles Fashion Week begins showing for Primavera 2011. Despite being the birthplace of fashion luminaries such as Mariano Fortuny, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paco Rabanne, and the ubiquitous Manolo Blahnik, Spain’s contemporary designers, in the main, aren’t terribly well-known outside of its borders.

Fortuny's iconic "Delphos" - nearly 100 years old and still gorgeously wearable

It’s a shame, because there are some reliable designers (see especially Adolfo Dominguez and Jesus del Pozo) who, year after year, produce collections which are both interesting and wearable. Of course, there are also the reliable wackadoodles, like Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, who has been putting out the same insanity since the early 80’s. The heir apparent to her throne may well be Carlos Diez, whose collection for this season can best be described as itchy weirdness.

Fortunately, there are just as many designers whose work tempts…  Angel Schlesser is a favorite of mine, though from an academic perspective only — I’ve got neither the budget nor the bones for his clothes. In my book, there’s nobody more sure-handed with a minimal line (though I’m not sure if a furry skirt quite qualifies as minimalist). Feast your eyes on his designs for Otoño/Invierno 2010-2011 and see if you couldn’t make a little room in your (virtual) wardrobe for a few of them.

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