London-based Spanish fashion designer Carlota Barrera, who holds a Bachelor in Fashion Design from IED Madrid and a master's degree from the London College of Fashion, has presented at London Fashion Week (LFW) for the third time. The designer presented her menswear FW22/23 collection "The Last Run" on the last day of London Fashion Week, Tuesday, February 22.
Barrera presented her collection late Tuesday afternoon in the central London neighbourhood of Chelsea, to a small and select group of friends of the brand, professionals from the press, celebrities and buyers, all of them from both the international arena as well as from London itself.
The three-minute-long presentation consisted of a coming and going of garments. The digital fashion show was broadcast from the official platform of London Fashion Week, 3 PM London time on Tuesday, as part of the digital calendar of the most recent hybrid edition of LFW.
Carlota Barrera FW22: A wake-up call about the climate emergency
In her new collection, Barrera has once again highlighted the values that are important to her fashion house such as sustainability, the value of craftsmanship and inclusion. The Spanish fashion designer creates high-quality garments that can be worn for years, pieces made from recovered materials and fibres. The brand uses a sustainable production model based on small, mostly family-run ateliers in Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom.
With "The Last Run" Carlota Barrera addresses global issues such as climate change, the depletion and misuse we give to the limited natural resources of our planet, or the value of sustainability as a solution to these and other issues. The title of the collection refers to the "après-ski" theme that inspired the designer's FW22 collection. In addition, "The Last Run" wants to convey an awareness of this 'limited' moment in which we would find ourselves when trying to tackle today's challenges and threats to the environment.
In this way, "The Last Run" is the name given in winter sports to "the last descent in the snow before the sun goes down", explained the Spanish fashion brand in a press release. "A term," they add, that "serves as a turning point in the ski day", but that is also presented here as "a call to action for climate change".
From outerwear to Bermuda shorts and tailoring pieces with cut-outs
Inspired by the atmosphere of winter sports and après-ski after a long day sliding on the snow in places like St. Moritz or Aspen, without forgetting the current climate emergency that Barrera is trying to make us aware of, the designer presented a small but very complete collection. A series of garments in which she has maintained such characteristic elements of the fashion house's DNA such as the cut-out details she is known for. The FW22 collection is built on a sober chromatic palette that combines the warm tones of a sunset with the cold black and blues of a cold night in the mountains.
Classic tailoring pieces in the form of suits, pants and jackets, to garments with a more functional character, such as cargo pants, turtleneck sweaters, loose-fitting shirts and jackets, were also present in the FW22 collection.
"Monochromatic looks in coats with short-sleeved pieces and bermudas" stand out states the fashion label in a press release. Pieces which "transfer the climatic incoherence to the garments.” "Denim suits are refined and the brand's codes are revealed once again in technical suits" and in "the already characteristic tailoring with cut-outs." All these are elements with which Carlota Barrera "defines her vision of contemporary craftsmanship," expressed above all through her "handmade recovered leather pieces," concludes the brand in the release.
During this week’s edition of London Fashion Week, Carlota Barrera also participated in the ‘50:50 The Equality Project’, a project in favour of inclusion and diversity on the catwalk promoted by the British Fashion Council and the BBC.
This article was originally published on FashionUnited.es, and translated and edited into English by Veerle Versteeg.