Dolores Cortés Interview

Today we interviewed the  Swimwear designer and business woman Dolores Cortés.Dolores Cortés is a company with over 50 years of experience in the swimwear industry being one of the first Spanish company that was created dedicated to swimwear. In addition, all clothing of the collections fit the different sizes of individually.Her designs can be found in countries such as France, Portugal, Andorra, Italy, UK, Mexico, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Czech Republic, Russia, Germany…

A brand of solidarity, which has donated some of their profits from the collection to DC Kids Down Syndrome Association of Miami (Florida).

Currently is a leader in the sector with a high component of their product design and great quality derived from a high demand.

– How did your interest in the world of fashion?

My interest in the fashion world was born with me, since my mother started the first company in our country known craft. I was raised among fabrics, swimwear and sewing machines, combining my studies first and then with my other profession.

– What is your leitmotif?

I like the creativity, diversity and I love to take new challenges.

– The model Alba Carrillo, the hostess of Glamour TV  has worn in some of their designs. How does it feel when celebrities choose Dolores Cortes?

It feels the healthy pride of having done something to like and interesting to others. At celebrities because they are known and appear in the media, but I’m proud that my swimsuits also like them to women who maintain their anonymity.

– Bikini or Swimsuit?

I always say that the two things, like sometimes we dress skirt and other with pants, depends on the time and at our discretion. Anyway, we are in a time of increased prominence of the swimsuit, after a time wheneverything was bikini. I like change.

– Has collaborated with the Spanish designing costumes for the Olympics. How did this collaboration?

We started working with them in the Olympic games of Sanghai. Then we proposed to make the Olympics. I supposed to assume a lot of work, but it was a wonderful experience, both in the professional and personally. They are a lovely girls.

– In Dolores Cortés you can  find a wide variety of collections for all types of women, from lines for Moms through quality swimsuits technically studied to give an image  of one or two size less, from the most fashionable bikinis to the child swiw wear  (Dolores Cortés Beachwear, Catwalk, Shape Swim, Mum, Win, Kids) . What is  the style of Dolores Cortés ?

Dolores Cortés is directed to any woman who wants to look pretty with swimwear and the same for their children. Think  that we are specialized in fashion swimwear and in this product we invest all our knowledge, experience and enthusiasm. All we do is in the swimwear and we cover all segments.

 -Where do you find your inspiration?

 In this collection of 2013 we have developed several trends:

Color explosion. Stimulating, attractive young

Vintage sailor: Environment sailor

Bhairava: Inspiration Paisley positioned drawings.

On the catwalk of Madrid presented the most ethnically collection, inspired by ancient cultures of the American Caribbean. Specifically, we collaborated with the Wayuú tribe of Guajira. Inspired by his craft, graphics and colors,  we created this  collection very plastic and vibrant. This forms the collection D.C. Gateway this summer. Our line more special.

-A style icon.

I’m not very prone to create me icons. I think that anyone who proposes it, well advised and with a mirror where you can look in yourself, you can have great style.

– The International Fashion Fair FIMI which did homage to  her career during the 77th edition of the children’s fashion catwalk that each year takes place in Valencia. What do feel about this recognition?

Actually the homage was addressed to my mother, but I accompanied and participated in it. It’s very endearing and important recognize your work, much more if it is in your home. It was very exciting for my mother and, by extension, for me.

 – Dolores Cortés was in catwalks like Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid and Mercedes Benz Miami Swim Fashion. How was the experience in Miami?

We was three editions. This will be the fourth and is a very rewarding experience to be invited to show your collection in the first U.S. catwalk. Moreover because you see that they appreciate your work and consider us each year  better   as a brand and  they offer us better opportunities for the parade.

– Where can we buy your clothes?

We have some stores in the C. Valencia, we are in multi-brand stores and corners of the top department stores. We also have a very attractive online store.

 Thank you so Much to Dolores Cortés for sharing with me a minutes of her time and grant me this interview.


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Francis Montesinos Interview

Visionary, creative and innovative, the Valencian Francis Montesinos has one of the most exciting and meaningful careers in the international scene and the Spanish Fashion Market. His contribution to this discipline has set new artistic standards. His aesthetic has influenced both the industry and fashion culture.

Everything he does has his unmistakable personal seal.He has worked in different fields: fashion, accessories and fragrances, as well as collaborating with the world of ballet, film and theater. Francis conquest, inspires and excites in every parade.

We enter into the magical world of Francis Montesinos.

– What were your beginnings in the world of fashion?

Before opening the first store in 1972,  I loved every saturday wear for the first time something and I

started doing things to me, for my girlfriend and friends, and then they went to the store.

 – How are the man and the woman who wear Francis Montesinos?

They are people who love art, fashion, who love freedom, sea, flowers, nature and color.

– Where do you look for the inspiration?

I find the inspiration at tradition, folklore, painting and Spanish art.


 -You commented that fashion is the vehicle of expression of a country. How do you see the spanish fashion today? What do you think about the vision that people have of the Spanish fashion abroad?

A little asleep ha ha ha. We are in a country that  even today is still difficult for it, here recently it came in museums, and in the rest of the world it entered many years ago. Vision is very minimal abroad.

– You have designed perfumes, jewelry, the Royal Suite of the Westin Hotel, the limited edition of the Opel Tigra .. In addition to collaborations in film, creating costumes for films directed by Bigas Luna or Pedro Almodovar … How can you take on so many fields? What do you enjoy more?

Creativity has no boundaries and is very rewarding walk in all these fields, sometimes dreamy and different. I always enjoy more with the last I am doing.

– The staging is very important in your catwalks. What kind of music do you like?

Actually, all the good music, anyway, depends on the behavior to work, the collection, which i am doing.

– Aguja de Oro Fashion Award in 1985, best collection of Miami Fashion Week of the Americas and the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts in 2006, and Performing Arts awards for Best Costume Design by the Lake swans and the critics Award for Best Costume Design for the work in ballet “Gypsy” by Antonio Canales.? What it means for you all this recognition? Could you confess us another  sublime moment lived in the world of fashion to remember with particular love?

This is a sign that I’m getting older … Always awards or recognitions encourage you, however small, they  are appreciated, but when I got the Gold Medal of Fine Arts, imposed by his royal highnessThe King Juan Carlos, you remember it all your life , I also remember always those mythical  catwalks with the MADE IN SPAIN, in 1985 at the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid or the Dressater in Berlín, the European capital of the Culture.

 -What is the fabric or material that you usually work in your collections?

I love natural fabrics, cotton voile, sheer silk fabric, gauze …. to later convert them into the patterns and colors of the collection.

– What can you tell us about his Spring Summer 2013 “Spanish Garden”?

It’s a very colorful collection where the protagonists are the flowers in my garden, I love lilies, roses, lilies, are such as Spanish essences such as orange blossom, jasmine, night heartthrob ….

– Where can we buy your clothes?

It depends, there are lines like communion and wedding dresses that are sold in very many stores of ceremony, in 40 countries, others such as ready-to-wear and cocktail, in the Store of Valencia, or soon in the on-line shop which is almost ready.

– What are your upcoming projects?

The collections of the home, the usual collections (wedding dress, communion and party) and some more, and continue to insist on international Brand.



Thank you so much to Francis Montesinos for granting me this interview.

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