Elio Berhanyer Spring 2009
Elio Berhanyer Spring 2009

MADRID, Sep 24, 2008 / FW/ — Considered the grandfather of Spanish fashion, Elio Berhnanyer, who turned 80 this year proposed a very upbeat collection with an optimistic vision for both menswear and womenswear.

Whereas in the first Elio Berhanyer Men’s collection, a firm commitment was made to a Cary Grant image, in the second he was reincarnated into George Clooney, and it is in the third where we attempt to ratify the essence of a real gentleman, with a touch of today.

With a compulsory respect for couture, Elio Berhanyer’s hallmark, this collection comprises an evening-cocktail section and a commitment to transferring that respect to prêt-á-porter in terms of fabrics and manufacturing.

A tribute to silk with a palette of light colours ranging from optical white to beige with the luminosity and freshness afforded by egg, lime and klein.

Braiding, satin cords, ribbons, trimmings, etc. Elements which are reminiscent of Goya enrich the making-up, giving each garment a touch of unquestionable exclusivity.

Born in Cordoba, Elio Berhanyer arrived in Madrid at the age of 17. A self-taught designer, he embarked in the world of fashion design. At the age of 27, he began working in haute couture, and it can be said that he is the greatest representative of Spanish fashion throughout the world.

In 1962, he showed his first spring-summer collection at the Spanish Embassy under the patronage of Their Excellencies the Marquises of Santa Cruz, garnering the prize for the best collection of the year. And, in 1963, he presented his spring collection at the Spanish embassy in Washington.

In 1991, he was made a member and honorary founder of the Latin American Fashion Chamber in Miami. In 1999, he was named honorary member of the Circle of Fashion Writers.

In 2002, the President of the Government of Spain, José María Aznar, appointed him curator of the national tribute to Pertegaz in the Reina Sofía Art Museum. He received the proposal of the Cabinet for the Gold Medal in Fine Arts from HM Juan Carlos I.

Photos courtesy of Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week

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