This is what the photographer Jaime C. Moore did to celebrate her daughters 5th birthday. It might sound strange considering we are talking about such a young girl, but when you read the reasons and the main idea behind this action, you will understand the meaning. We are truly fascinated by it.
The majority of little girls´ birthday parties follow a general pattern, like dressing them up as princesses, with pink dresses and accessories than girls love. But Jaime wanted to do something different for her daughter.
She liked princesses and had nothing against them, but they tell fantasies and unrealistic stories that do not reflect the reality in which girls live.
So, instead of recreating a fairy tale to celebrate little Emmas birthday, the American photographer wanted her daughter to know all about the real women in the world who have and continue to be fighters for equal rights. Because she has been born in a country when she can vote, be a doctor, astronaut or anything she puts her heart to. That is what is important. And this is how she defines it.
5 women represented, one for every year of life celebrated.
The true women our little girls can become.
Thursday 27 February 2014
Last Sunday, the Oscars award ceremony took place. During this event, Hollywood actors flock from near and far to collect their statuettes as recognition for their work. Or simply to praise their efforts. We did not want to miss one minute of it.
We love watching the Oscars, so you can imagine how speechless we were when we saw that one of the Gratacos fabrics had been converted into a spectacular dress sported by an even more spectacular lady.
Perhaps you do not know her, but Thea Andrews is the host of a New York based television programme. She is not only talented, but well considered within the sector.
She attended the event wearing a long sequin embroidered dress in matt red tones.
The dress was all she needed to shine, simple, elegant and with character.
Who is the designer?
His name is Ali Rahimi and he is the founder of the high end Fashion salon Mon Atelier. This salon is famous for its celebrity customers from Los Angeles who often go in search of fitted suits, dresses and handmade accessories.
A big name in the high end Fashion world, who has confided in our fabrics and the Gratacos work to create true works of art.
Yes. We would have liked to have been in the selfie which received the record number of twits in history, but even still we are on cloud 9. Because we love working with people who are so genuinely passionate about their work. Just like us.
We are jetting off again to continue presenting our upcoming spring-summer 2015 collection. We are off to another of the cities where Première Vision is held. This fair is present in other corners of the world such as New York or Paris where we were exhibiting just last week. Now, we will travel a little bit further to visit Shanghai again.
And we say again, because its been 10 years now since we have been exhibiting our new designs and collections at this fair, being the only Spanish company present at the event.
An event in which Gratacos has decided to swim against the current. At a time when everyone is concentrated on buying in the Asian continent, we are going to show our determination and effort and sell our fabrics here.
It is not something that worries us.
This is a different experience.
Through Première Vision Shanghai, we discover the vast creativity that each year make the collections shown much better than the previous. It also encourages us to gain a different perspective, to analyze more profoundly a lot more than just the fabrics themselves.
Every time we learn something new about their culture, habits and people. And we love it.
A market which is strategically important for us, a platform of networks for the Asian fashion industry which allows us to position ourselves and be more visible in the international textile industry.
The fair takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, 4th and 5th of March. It will be two intense days where the Asian city will convert itself into a hub for the textile industry, for fashion and for high end fashion fabrics.
Shanghai, we’re coming at you!
Next Tuesday 18th February –and until the 20th -The Première Vision Pluriel fair in Paris begins. This fair which has been present in the textile industry for the last 40 years, has evolved and improved itself as per the markets needs and is known today as the most important textile fair internationally.
We will be there again, as the past 14 years, to present our new fabrics. All our work is reflected in our new collection Spring-Summer 2015, which we hope will win over the international market and make the result of the fair an equal or even bigger success than last time.
Furthermore, we are very honoured that Gratacós has been chosen to be part of the Fashion Commitee and the Strategy Commitee, as only a dozen companies get represented.
Following these three intensive days of trade fair, we will get back to you and tell you all about how our trip went in the city of love with images, texts and our intuitions.
Thursday 13 February 2014
What a coincidence. Yesterday we received in our shop a range of new fascinators and these breathe love vibes! What better day than today 14th February to put on display these wonders and talk to you about their creator.
Carmen Font is a Catalan designer who makes fascinators and hats by hand.
On this occasion, the designs have the phrase “LOVE” written on them and have a vintage air which makes them both different and daring. This is why we love them so much.
Fascinators which have been made in Barcelona and ooze personality, character and which have had a lot of love put in them. You can now find them at our shop in Paseo de Gracia. As you already know, seeing things live and for yourself are much nicer.
We are waiting for you with our arms wide open. We must admit that we love you coming to see us.
Happy Valentines Day!
Last Sunday 9th February, the 28th edition of the Goya awards ceremony 2014 took place at the Prince Felipe convention hall in Madrid. This event attended by the whole of the cinematographic collection, was a chance for the Academy of cinema to give out awards to these artists as recognition for their work and effort.
More than 3.5 million spectators did not want to miss the chance to watch the exciting event live, with 27 prizes for best film, best director or best revelation actress, amongst others.
Many did the walk of fame on the red carpet on this spectacular night. The renowned Manel Fuentes was in charge of presenting the ceremony this year and other famous guests included Belén Rueda Javier Bardem, Maribel Verdú or David Trueba
For us, there were two people who stood out from the rest.
On the one hand, Paula Echevarría, who attended the event wearing a chiffon dress with pastel blue embroidery designed by Dolores Promesas.
And the other, was Inma Cuesta, nominated for Best Female interpretation, who wore a blue sequin dress designed by Iván Campaña.
Why were we interested in these two? Because both their dresses were made with Gratacós fabrics. And we are extremely honoured that important designers have confided in us to make amazing dresses that leave us gobsmacked.
What do you think?
Design, creativity, innovation and talent. Lots of talent. All this and more were to be seen in 080 Barcelona Fashion catwalks this year. For the 10th year running and for 5 consecutive days, this show has welcomed 34 different catwalks from different designers -both consolidated and also emerging- and also Catalan brands.
This year, it has beaten all its records. In just a few days all the passes sold out. With more than 40.000 people attending the event, it has also had huge repercussions on the social networks. We are not surprised. Very high standards were set and we have enjoyed seeing Catalan fashion.
We are particularly happy as two talented brands featured our fabric on their catwalk and gave them shape, created wonderful designs and told us a story.
On the second day of the shows, Manuel Bolaño caused a stir with his designs; the fantastic colours, combination of textures, prints and the romantic touch he gave each and every one of his garments and accessories. Unique.
Later on, young emerging designers got a chance to give it all in MODAFAD. Here we found Guillem Rodríguez, who tried his hardest to better his collection from the previous year, by focussing on the tranquility and sensitivity of a young romantic.
What else can GRATACOS ask for?
We are very happy to have been present in the 080 Barcelona Fashion show and very proud of these two talented designers we have shared the show with.
Next year, more awaits and even better.
Munich Fabric Start is the leading textile fair in Germany and one of the most important worldwide. With 37 different countries present which translates into 850 exhibitors, this twice yearly fair is an opportunity for the large brands to present their new collections for the following seasons. And Gratacós is one of them.
Tomorrow, and until the following 6th February, we will presenting our new collection for the upcoming season spring-summer 2015. During three intense days, we will meet with customers from Germany, Austria and also Eastern Europe. Without a doubt, Germany has been a strong pillar for Gratacós for entering into the international market.
This is the 4th year we will be exhibiting in the Munich fair and so far we are very happy with the results. For this reason, we hope that this year will be even better than the last.
Munich Fabric Start is a very complete fair in which various fabrics are exhibited, such as wool, cotton, silk, functional materials, new high-tech fibres and intelligent textile systems. Together with accessories, the fair is divided into these 8 categories, so you can imagine how big it is.
We are very enthusiastic about going back to this fair and feel confident that our collection is better than ever. We’ll let you know how our trip to Germany went.
Yesterday sees the start of MODAFAD, the part of Barcelona Fashion Week that focuses on young emerging designers. This event seeks to launch these entrepreneurs internationally and give them an extra helping hand as reward for their effort, work and ambition.
With the objective of converting Barcelona in the most inviting city in Europe and also to promote young prominent designers of experimental and avant-garde fashion in the city, this is already the 36th edition of this Fashion show. Participating in the show is the designer Guillem Rodriguez, winner of the last edition of MODAFAD.
And together with him will be Gratacos. Our fabrics have been used by him to create those long awaited designs which compose his latest collection, Vulnérable. And which he himself defines as a continuation of his last work, Romantycs.
This time, the artist focuses on the reflection on paper of the young romantic, a private person, intimate and influenced by the tranquility and sensitivity of classic spaces. A combination of tailoring, wool and textures inspired by the surroundings and which present more linear silhouettes. An area separated by the fine line between masculinity and femininity.
Guillem Rodríguez presents his collection next Friday 31st January at 4pm at the 080 Barcelona fashion hub.
We will be there, to show our support to this young designer that brings to life our fabrics, and also to all other designers who are the future to what we have now.
We’ll see you at MODAFAD!
And not in just any way. Next Monday 27th January the 13th Edition of 080 Barcelona Fashion begins at the Born Cultural Centre (Plaça Comercial, 12). This fashion event which will continue until Friday, welcomes around 30 different designers and brands.
Since 2008, the young designer Manuel Bolaño has used this event to present his new collections, for which he has won the Award for best feminine Collection on two occasions.
This year, the designer has opted for Gratacos Fabrics in his new Autumn-Winter 2015 collection, titled “Soixante-quatorze” and inspired in a couples´ first date in the 70’s.
This collection can be seen next Tuesday 28th January at 1.30pm. It is a chance to see how Manuel Bolaño situates his designs in a nostalgic and romantic framework to tell a very personal love story.
Amongst chocolates, flowers and ribbons, the combination of natural fibres, silks, cottons and wool, together with the geometric pattern of the garments, will create not only a very intimate atmosphere, but also elegant and refined.
For this reason, during the 080 Barcelona Fashion, Gratacós will dedicate one of their shop windows to the designer, by exhibiting various of his garments. Furthermore, anyone who wishes to attend the Fashion show, can come to our shop in Paseo de Gracia to collect an invitation.
¡We’ll see you on the catwalk!