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The empowered woman takes on the rain in the name of fashion

Model in a Gemma Melé dress in the rain.
Model in a Gemma Melé dress in the rain. / Francis Silva
  • Haute couture and street style characterised the two-day fashion show on the Pasarela Larios, the largest catwalk of its kind in Europe

The rain may have threatened to stop play, but the show went on. The eighth annual Pasarela Larios, part of Malaga Fashion Week, took place last Friday and Saturday, with around 80 models strutting their stuff in designs from haute couture and high-street designers from all across the globe.

The show, on the 300-metre blue catwalk (the longest of its kind in Europe) which adorned Malaga's iconic Calle Larios, was opened with the presentation of local designer Rafael Urquízar's bridal collection which showcased a number of daring items which demonstrated that white isn't the only acceptable colour for the big day.

The overall theme of the first day was that of the empowered woman, daring to wear bold semitransparent designs and questioning gender roles.

The swim wear of Livia Montecarlo was the only foreign collection showcase on a first night dominated by Spanish designers including Sonia Peña, Carla Ruiz, Sandra Rojas, Montesco, Gemma Melé and more.

These powerful women defied the rain for much of Friday but the show ultimately had to be cut short with two collections yet to be shown.

Commercial designers

The show resumed on Sunday with collections from commercial designers, such as big retailers El Corte Inglés and Dunnes Stores, showing off their street wear.

Sunday was also the day for award-giving. This year's Alfiler de Oro (Golden Pin) award went to Malaga designer Javier Alcántara in recognition of 20 years of work in professional haute couture. He was presented the award by Pepe Cobos, owner of Bodegas El Pimpi.

The procession down Calle Larios was also temporarily halted by the award for best runway model, given to Isabel Celli.

Positive response

The event was met with a very positive response from the public and on social media, thanks to the more than 100 news agencies that reported on it nationwide. It also benefited businesses in Malaga's historic centre, with an increase in hotel bookings.