Oteyza unveils its vision of masculinity in the great outdoors
Paul García de Oteyza and Caterina Pañeda, the couple behind Spanish tailored apparel brand Oteyza, have returned to Paris Fashion Week this season, having joined the calendar last winter. In light of the health restrictions that have once again pushed back the return of physical runways, the label made a digital presentation entitled "Arcadia" on 19 February, unveiling its latest offering for the Fall/Winter 2021-22 season.
Swapping out the traditional guest-lined front row for a trip into the great outdoors, where only two models shared the responsibility of displaying all of the collection's pieces, Oteyza looked to nature in order to reflect a return to the brand's own roots. This visual metaphor was also manifest in the classic elements used to produce the brand's pieces, such as Spanish merino wool and organic cotton.
The purity of the textiles was combined with the traditional aesthetic of the garments, which were all reinterpreted with an avant-garde twist and strong hues, ranging from intense mustard and deep blue, through palettes of browns and greens, to the characteristic Spanish black present in all of the brand's collections. The silhouettes embraced the most classical patterns of the country's traditional tailoring and played with balanced asymmetries, seen in skirts and flowing capes.
Showing during men's fashion week, the brand, present for many years at Florentine menswear fair Pitti Uomo, opted for a fusion of genders this season, blurring the boundaries between masculine and feminine. Walking among corn oaks, iconic Spanish model Laura Ponte made the collection her own, effortlessly donning tailored suits, topped off with classic Cordovan hats, alongside Enrique Fariñas.
Founded in 2012, the company currently operates one boutique atelier in Madrid, on Calle Conde de Xiquena. Three years ago the brand received Spain's Premio Nacional de Moda al Emprendimiento and, only a few months later, was named as a finalist in Vogue's "Who's On Next" competition.
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