The international guest designers of the 080 23rd edition

080 Designers
Wednesday, 30 January

The 23rd edition of the 080 Barcelona Fashion is more international than ever. The organization has invited four foreign designers to open the catwalk to the world and welcome other styles to broaden the Catalan fashion storytelling. Umit Benan, Carlos Polite, CHULAAP and Esaú Yori will show their new collections at the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site within the fashion shows schedule of the 080 23rd edition.

The brand from South Africa CHULAAP will be the first to make its debut on the catwalk on the first day of shows, Monday 4th, at 5:30 p.m. Founded by Chu Suwannapha, who was born in Thailand, formed in Paris and is now based in Capetown, the brand aims to pay tribute to the diversity of Africa through graphic designs thought for impression. On the 080 catwalk, he will show “African rewritten”, a collection based on a mix of influences ranging from Oriental motifs to African engravings along with the designer’s thai culture.
Turkish menswear designer Umit Benan will close the second day of shows on Tuesday February 5th. Pioneer in applying storytelling in the fashion language, this creator raised in Istanbul as well as in boarding schools in Switzerland and the United States applies these multiple influences and experiences in the creation of brand new characters in each collection. Throughout his career, he has been recognised in the industry with important prizes like when he won the first edition of the emerging talent contest Who’s On Next / Uomo at Pitti Uomo in 2010. Now he brings his take in menswear to the Catalan catwalk with “God is black part 2”, where he channels the controversial character of the Black Muslim through designs like western jackets, loose-fit suits, classic tailored coats and cardigans.

For his part, Esaú Yori will bring his rich multiculturality to the 080 Barcelona Fashion catwalk on February 6th. Raised in Lima, Perú, and based in Barcelona since 2000, he has Japanese, Italian, African and Peruvian roots, which he mixes with the Chinese influence got in Guangzhou, where he has his creative studio since 2015. Between Barcelona and China, Esaú Yori has developed a luxury brand of top quality timeless designs that challenges the fast fashion logics. We will be able to check it in the presentation of his autum-winter 2019-20 collection devoted to love and the different emotionat states that a person undergoes when searching for it.
Carlos Polite closes the group of guest international designers of the 23rd edition. Born in Colombia, he studied Fine Arts in Madrid and since 2010 is the artistic director of Polite, where he has worked in a new design concept for this womenswear brand. On Thursday 7th he will show on the catwalk “Migrations”, a collection inspired by the contrast between the human movements and the animal migrations. As usual in his style, he will present classics with a twist interpreted in a more contemporary approach; contrasts between a boxy silhouette of broad shoulders and flimsy dresses in satin and chiffon, as well as his well-known prints.