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Emilio de la Morena


Spanish designer Emilio de la Morena may not be a household name, but he has been in business for over a decade. I kept coming across his exquisitely tailored, elegantly designed dresses and initially thought, if Kate Middleton wanted to push the royal style meter, she should look into Morena’s work. Subtley sexy, his refinement is a testament to his attention to detail and ability to combine fabrications that shouldn’t really go together. Scrunching and twisting and banding together are signatures of his final product and the results are effortless design details that truly set apart his dresses. Jacquards, brocades, lace, velvet are routinely used in his collections – I think this affinity for rich and sensual fabric comes from the inherent inspiration and romanticism of his Spanish culture. Morena shows in London among a huge playing field of skilled designers (Emilia Wickstead, Roksanda, Simone Rocha, Christopher Kane) forging their own path and really staying true to their vision – and it’s working. It’s rare I come across a dress begging for an event to wear it to.

Tags: Barcelona / cocktail dress / London Fashion Week / Style / womenswear

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