Eugenio Loarce Interview

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Today I am delighted to be able to interview one of those designers that you should not lose sight of: Eugenio Loarce. With more than 10 years in the world of fashion, the manchego designer Eugenio Loarce bets on the design and production Made in Spain handmade, with extremely careful sewing creations, where the lace and trimmings have special prominence, drawing on the arts and Great Kitsch divas.

The barroc garments that persist in the past are her hallmark, being present in all his collections, which are oriented to a woman, with personality, humor and culture, someone who takes the reins of her own life. Eugenio Loarce is a man with a great talent, a great professional who puts passion in his work, with a natural sense of pursuing the beautiful.

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“When and how did your start in the design?”

Since I was a small child I frequently do figures, and people who know me from that age always remind me in this way. Also in my house my mother and part of my family are dressmakers.

– How would you define your style?

I try to make unique pieces, available and with a strong personal character. Garments that can be put all the world of any age, condition, etc ….

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– what inspires you to create your collections?

In almost everything that surrounds me: books, television, theater, art ..

I try to tell a story or someone through something that I see in any place and then it is a totally manual process: patronage, sewing, complements … If I did not want to tell anything the clothes themselves are already a sewing exercise itself, That we may be able to get to do in the brand and every season we try to improve our previous work or introduce something new.

“Do you have any muse?”

Specifically not, but I like people who are different for something and that accentuates their difference.

 

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– How is the woman Eugenio Loarce?

With personality, humor and culture, someone who takes the reins of his own life. A woman who likes fashion and has no prejudices with her.

A woman who enjoys the clothes, not to use and throw and my clothes have a vintage air, that over time they can use it again with few arrangements the next generations

– The spring collection Summer 2017 “Rara Avis” presented at Alicante Fashion Week It was very shocking! Tell us a little more about it.

“RARA AVIS” is a Latin term that applies to a person or thing that is considered uncommon, or to have some characteristic that differentiates it from the others of the same species.

This was the name given to the great exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2005 (Iris Apfel: rare avis). There you could see more than 80 costumes from the peculiar fashion collection of Iris Apfel. In this exhibition there were pieces by Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Nina Ricci, Geoffrey Beene, Lanvin, etc.

Iris Apfel’s fame came to 84 years after being the object of this great exhibition, but nevertheless her style broke molds long ago, when with her peculiar taste showed that the fashion was intuition and that to combine pieces of design with clothes Of the market was not only allowed, but was a way of triumphing ignoring stereotypes. She became an aesthetic reference.

This way of understanding fashion is reflected in this new collection. “RARA AVIS” walks with garments of different styles, eras and shapes that wander along with special accessories, giving a very special character to each look. All this makes the brand walk in a “seasonless” style, as more and more seasons are not so marked by weather, weather, countries …

One of the peculiarities of this collection is the multitude of prints used: tiger heads, squirrels, vichy paintings … As for the tonalities, sober colors like black, gold and beige are used in all their range, The colorful prints. There is a contrast of fabrics, we use both simple and very elaborate haute couture.

“RARA AVIS” is a collection for all those women and men who mix freely and who are not afraid, rather daring to wear.

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– If with a dress you had to define the present moment how would you do it?

Special, I can not say more ….

– Is there a future project or plan that you would like to share with us?

Redefine my website for sale online, make a fashion film and continue working, which in the end is what I’m passionate about!

 

Thanks to Eugenio Loarce for giving me this interview and showing me his collections 🙂 I leave your web page: http://www.eugenioloarce.com/

 

WATER & POWER // Exclusive Editorial

 

By Stacy Ellen
Photography Vince Tabora
Hair & Makeup by Krisi Vaughn
Model Anneka Tabone

Showing his collection for the first time in the United States is designer Juan Pablo Martinez at the Moda 360 international show in Los Angeles, California. His collection catches my eye right away with its classic lines, impeccable tailoring and edgy detailing of metal studs and zippers.

Juan Pablo Martinez appears to be a British gent as he introduces himself to me, as I mention this observation, he says, “My grandfather was from the UK.” He is dressed in an impeccably tailored suit, wearing sophisticated wire rim spectacles.

The AUTUMN WINTER 2016-17 COLLECTION is fittingly named MILITARY VS. HEAVY METAL which works perfectly with the location for this editorial shoot. “Water and Power” was shot on location at the pool that wraps around the LADWP building in downtown Los Angeles as well as the metal sculptured structure of the Disney Concert Hall. Martinez describes his love of the music genre of Heavy Metal as part of his inspiration for this collection. Interpretation of the words “heavy metal” can mean many things as displayed even in this article.

As I take a closer look at his womenswear collection, Martinez’s hang tags, display the dedication he has as a designer to not only use materials that are Eco friendly but also his collection is produced mainly from local artisans in his native land of Columbia.

For instance, the “TANK DRESS” was hand knitted by Yessenia Rodriguez, from end of the roll cotton fabric. Another example of this consciousness to the environment is Martinez’s use of “zero waste” 100% local wool fabric and satin short huipil sourced from the last rolls of Columbian factories before they closed due to unfair competition from Chinese suppliers.

This is a testament that not only the United States has participated in non-fair trade deals, which ultimately effects not only the country as a whole but the people that strive to making a living as well.

The “DOUBLE BREASTED VEST” was hand knitted by Erika Marin, a young artist from Zipaquira, Columbia. Showing again the strength and integrity it takes to be a conscious design that employees people which deserve to make a fair living. Yet again another example of this consciousness to Eco friendly design is in the “MILITARY INSPIRED WHITE SHIRT” made from recycled cotton + pet in Envigado, Columbia with Tagua buttons, sown individually with cotton thread by local homeworkers.

As stated in Martinez’s bio on his Not Just A Label profile, “It seems like a lot of ideas for a small collection, but it´s just the drive and the need to push forward that I have as a fashion designer.”

With all this said, the collection encompasses must have staple pieces with a modern edge to anyones wardrobe and it doesn’t hurt that the pieces are so lovingly made as well.

For more information on Juan Pablo Martinez, please visit the prestigious website showcasing independent designers Not Just A Label 

 

 

Van Der Travels: Hotel Barcelona Catedral

 

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Hey Van Der Lovers!! The Amanda Chic team were in Barcelona these days for some meetings and I want to discover you this amazing Hotel: Hotel Barcelona Catedral, i would like to show you good places to stay when you are travelling around the world. So this is one of my new section as Fashion and Lifestyle Editor in the magazine.

Barcelona Catedral Hotel is an exclusive, modern and comfy hotel in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona. It has a good location,  near of Passeig de Gracia and las Ramblas, perfect for discover this amazing city and to fall in love with Barcelona.

The Hotel has a Pool, a Gym, parking and a Restaurant with tasty food where you can enjoy a really good foodie experience. In its restaurant 4 Capellas, you can enjoy Mediterranean’s meals . Hotel Barcelona it’s really excellent.

 

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The hotel offer awesome  and unique experiences for your stay in the city because it has a lot of activities such as cooking classes,wine tasting, guided visits to the Gothic Quarter …

At the end of the day, every trip is an unforgettable experience, and every experience has a smell, a taste, a touch … That memory forever.

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 If you are going to visit Barcelona , don’t doubt to check its site and discover Barcelona Catedral Hotel

http://www.barcelonacatedral.com/

Blue Dolls ” Geometric Doll”

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Hey Van Der lovers!!  I would like to introduce you the new collection of Blue Dolls , the spanish Brand of sustainable fashion who has launched this fall Winter season the ” Geometric Doll” collection. Stay tuned to Van Der Love for more news about this spanish Brand.

Blue Dolls http://blue-dolls.com/
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Interview with Liliana Alves

 On the last Thursday October 8th, Van der Love Magazine went to Lisbon Design Show 2015 with a goal: to meet the woman behind the homonymous jewelry brand Liliana Alves Jewelry Design. Let me introduce her: she is a Portuguese native, from Caldas da Rainha to be more precise, and is from her atelier that she runs her business and makes her masterpieces. Right away she welcomed us with a big smile and took us on a journey through her universe and collections on display at the show.

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Saying that her creations are masterpieces it is not an exaggeration: one of the things that catch your attention from the beginning is Liliana’s eye for details. Every little piece is so meticulously done that is impossible to say otherwise. Using materials such as sterling silver, oxidized silver, gold plated sterling silver, pearls and semi-precious stones like onyx and amber, all her pieces have a very big impact, not only due to the materials she chooses to work with but also because of her unmistakable aesthetic.

Liliana Alves defines her aesthetic as delicate, light and versatile; her collections always have an architectonical or natural inspiration, from which Liliana makes her own interpretation and deconstruction of the forms, using portuguese filigree (considered UNESCO’s World Heritage), among other techniques, to add a different and interesting texture to her pieces. The use of this technique comes from her three year course at Cindor, where she learned among other things, the craft of filigree.

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Liliana started her brand in 2009 but her love for creation comes from her teenage years: as she told Van der Love Magazine, at the age 14/15, she remembers visiting her father’s electronic shop from where she brought home copper cables to transform into decorative objects, such as dream catchers, to later offer them as gifts to family members on their birthdays and Christmas. Six years after her start, Liliana’s father – Manuel Alves – now works along with his daughter, helping bring life to her designs.

At the moment, Liliana releases one to two collections per year because she wants not only to respond to her clients’ needs, but also because she feels the need to create and materialize her ideas. She defines her client as a tasteful, sophisticated and versatile woman, who appreciates cultural events and art. Among her famous clients are Ana Bacalhau from Deolinda, actress Isabel Medina and USA ambassadress in Portugal, Kim Saywer. Liliana was also invited to be a part of two fashion shows for Storytailors: at Portugal Fashion 2013 and at their 10 year career celebration.
Some of her other accomplishments are being featured at Revista Única Expresso 2009, Notícias Magazine 2011, Direct Art International Magazine 2013, Notícias Magazine Cover December 2014 and British Vogue Magazine September 2015. Other than her magazine features, she also participated on several design exhibitions in Portugal (she won a trophy for Creative Innovation with her collection Metamorphosis at OuroIndústria) she also travelled to Paris and Bern to showcase her work and reach other markets.

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During this six busy years working on her brand, besides all the accomplishments, Liliana still wants to expand her clientele to other countries and gain recognition both nationally and internationally, always preserving her design aesthetic and what makes her brand so unique: the versatility of her pieces that are only limited by the users imagination.