The start of February saw the 15th edition of Barcelona Fashion Week. Over the last seven years, Catalunya has seen this event grow in both size and popularity. As well as established and recognised talent, 080 is now a hot bed for developing up and coming and new talent. One such new face on the Catalan catwalk (which we are no doubt going to hear a lot more of) is Edgar Carrascal.
Born in Barranquilla on the coast of Colombia, Edgar was exposed to a mixture of sun, sea and industry from an early age. This in combination with a solid fashion education in design, tuition and marketing (from schools such as Fashion Institute Technology and Institute European Design) gave him an excellent grounding within the industry. It also enabled him to forge excellent relations with clients such as Loewe, Levis and Espirit.
Just like the rose which bears the main attribute of his collection, Edgar’s profile has blossomed organically. Initially designing for himself, his creations were quickly discovered and coveted by friends. “I started to design for myself, then produced a piece for my friend. Before I knew it, I had launched two styles in four patterns and sold over 100 items,” he said vehemently.
The rest, as they say, is history. GQ featured his designs on their blog in 2012, which ignited both his social media and company profile. Since then, Carrascal has diversified into outwear to satisfy both sexes and has been featured by brands such as Odd Molly, recycled Swedish clothing company Siempre Yo and was recently the first exclusive brand to be featured in Girona’s uber hip Camden Clothing boutique.
I started to design for myself, then produced a piece for my friend. Before I knew it, I had launched two styles in four patterns and sold over 100 items – Edgar Carrascal
Edgar’s sartorial philosophy is to “provide a twist on classical male and female fashion with a reinterpretation of today’s trends, which can range from classic to sport-lux and anything in-between.” He also prefers to design in non-elastic fabrics for a real emphasis on quality.
In his latest collection (a/w), the colour blue features heavily. This pays homage to his home soil in Colombia and his love of Mediterranean and maritime colours. The rose expresses gratitude to Medellin and Barcelona as a personal inspiration and melancholic value. This is Edgar’s commitment to both cities. “A piece of Barcelona is Sant Jordi. This is very important for me,” he earnestly commented.
This current aesthetic also takes inspiration from abstract lines and images. He confidently identifies strong elements and re-translates them into folds of fabric around the body. This is especially embodied in his hexagonal masterpiece, with its pleated folds resembling the petals of the rose. Made in one full piece, the folds are arranged into a structure which faultlessly covers the body in a network of joints and cuts.
As well as delighting on the runway, Edgar splits his time tutoring fashion design, history and anthropology at Felicidad Dulce as well as actively promoting humanitarian fashion workshops for immigrant talents in Catalunya.This year, Edgar will continue to develop and expand his brand, and judging by his recent reaction in Barcelona, his followers will pursue with delight and mucho gusto.
Article: Charles Daniel McDonald, Executive Fashion Editor, LookBook360
Photography: Edgar Carrascal / 080 Barcelona Fashion