080 INTERVIEW: JUAN PEDRO LÓPEZ

Designers
1 Jul 2013 - 00:00
Juan Pedro López. Pic: Stefano Paddeu

Interview by: Maria Almenar
 

Versatile, persevering and a true dreamer. Juan Pedro López had an early success in 1999, before he graduated in design one year later. He was only a student back then, and being given the Smirnoff Fashion Awards Spain Prize was also being provided a springboard for his career and his merits. His work has been applauded in the fashion shows of Paris, Grado (Italy) and Barcelona, as well as appreciated in the whole fashion sector. Fourteen years later, Juan Pedro López manages his own brand, in which he combines his work as a designer and stylist with the creation of TV costume designs, “because times change and our profession must be reorientated”. He is a “man from the Renaissance” who struggles to overcome adversities without losing sight of design and the women he dresses, who are “sensual and sophisticated, with a natural charm”. This formula crosses borders and flies beyond Barcelona to dazzle the fashion lovers from the Middle East, Russia and the United States.

 

Juan Pedro López. Spring-Summer 2013 Pic: Stefano Paddeu

 

Juan Pedro, you succeeded when you were only a young student of 22. You already showed great promise...

Well, it wasn't that clear to me at first! I wanted to be an art historian, but I decided to try fashion design first, because I also liked it and I thought I would regret it when I grew up.

 

And do you regret it?

No, I don't. But Art History is still an unfinished business. I want to study it, it's a matter of pure love, but I don't have time now.

 

That's the reason why you have a connection with art.

Yes, art is my source of inspiration, as I find it difficult to focus on a feeling. My collections are based on things that touch me artistically, either they are the Pre-Raphaelite painters or the Russian sculptors of my latest winter proposal. They are aesthetic movements and artists that interest me in a specific moment of my life and they provide me with the spark to create a new collection.

 

The new spring/summer 2014 proposal that you will show at the 080 catwalk follows the same line?

The truth is I dissociated myself from it a little. “Part XV” is based on the sunsets in Santorini, and I got inspired by the Greek islands' landscape. I revive here a travel experience that I had two years ago. I miss the place and I'd love to transmit the light of the dusk. It's a real paradise to me!

 

 

Juan Pedro López. Spring-Summer 2013. Pic: Stefano Paddeu

Drop me some hints of what we are going to see in the new collection.

There will be more colours inspired by the twilight: oranges and blues that will recreate the typical scene of Santorini. The pattern designing will be very simple and yet shocking, and it will have movement. I'm keen on sheer fabrics and I tend to mix textures. You'll see.

 

By the way, why are all your collections named “Part”?

I name them this way since my debut in Paris, in 2005. That fashion show marked a turning point in my career and I decided to call all my collections “Part”, as if they were the chapters of a book. I don't know for how long will my story with fashion last but, in any case, every collection is a new chapter of my life as a designer.

 

How far into the book are we now? Half way?

I still don't know! I think we are more in the end than half way... I am very pessimistic right now!

 

Really? Do you think your story is reaching the end?

Mmm... it's being killed somehow. The Spanish economic context doesn't help and we live in a state of fear. More and more efforts are needed every time and there is no certainty or security that everything will be all right.

 

Juan Pedro López designer. Pic: Stefano Paddeu

 

You sound a bit sceptic.

A little, but don't think I haven't given up. I see myself able to keep on and I wish one day I can make a living from my job. Let's hope so! All the same, I'm still hopeful enough to keep doing, but reality is reality and, in my case, the Spanish market is at a standstill and my clothes are difficult to understand in Barcelona.

 

Why?

Because of the kind of clientele here and how the Catalan women are more commonly dressed. Sometimes, some women tell me that I'm too sophisticated for them. They try my dresses on and they see wonderful, but they say it's too much. There exists a 'false austerity' here in relation to the wardrobe. Women can wear €3,000 on them and they still find it important that it doesn't look like it.

 

What do you think about the international market?

I'm saving some money now to be able to attend more international fairs. I want to gain a foothold in the Middle East countries, Eastern Europe and the united States, as well as more contacts, because they understand better my concept there. I'll have more external projection soon, but I can't specify more, as I still haven't tied up all loose ends.

 

What happens meanwhile?

At the moment, I aspire to continue living on what I do. Right now, my target is not to be in the media: I've gone through the stage of magazines, front pages, debuts in fashion shows... Now I want to be a good designer, work hard on it and make everything work.
 

 

Juan Pedro López jewellery. Pic: Stefano Paddeu

FotografiaStefano Paddeu