A long gabardine of pink puff sleeves with zebra stripes for her. And a set of bowling and bermudas also with zebra print on pink. They are the models chosen by the designer Célia Valverde, extracted from their next spring-summer collection, to dress the people who attend this year the stand of EL PAÍS in Arco 2019.
Valverde, a young promise of Spanish fashion, creator of the CÉLIAvalverde brand, with only 27 years old, won last year's prize for young talent from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid. His creations, like those of many designers, find references in the history of art. "I'm inspired by the color palette of some artists, especially Sorolla and Van Gogh." Hence the bold colors he uses in his collections, a feature of his highly praised work.
The designer confesses a lover of contemporary art. "Above virtuosity, I prefer a work that forces me to think, and I like street art, graffiti"Basquiat is your reference in this sense, something that can also be seen in some of his designs." In the field of design, Valverde is clear: Mies van der Rohe and Prada. "Prada is always at the top of the fashion pyramid.
Valverde joins other designers who in the past uniforms for the EL PAÍS space in Arco, among them Roberto Torretta, Paul Smith, Miriam Ocariz, Moisés Nieto and Hannibal Laguna.