Josep Abril – The Saviour of 080 Barcelona Fashion
Born in Barcelona in 1962, Josep Abril initially studied fine arts and then continued on to study fashion design at the School of Arts and Techniques of Fashion (EATM) in Barcelona, where he still lives and works today. As well as being Director for his own label, he is also the Director of the creative collection “Armand Basi – One Man.”
Josep´s men’s label Josep Abril was formed in 1996 and is currently marketed through their showrooms for purchase in multi-brand stores. This showroom is the foundation for his continued success within Spain´s many treasured fashion events, where he has showcased his collections at Barcelona and Madrid fashion week timetables since 2003. This designer is one of the only exclusively menswear designers on the annual 080 timetable.
Since 2006, Josep has offered bespoke tailoring to his impressive CV of fashion talents which include theatre and opera costume design (he was responsible for the production of costumes for the opera “Madame Butterflies” – La Fura dels Baus and Alex cookers Opera House Sydney, Australia.) in addition to teaching classes and workshops in several schools of design (IED, ESDI, Elisava and Felicidad Duce.) Along with his wife Alessia Zoppis, he has an additional line designing executive uniforms (called Uniformed By).
In 1991, Josep won the Gaudi first prize for new designers, and then in 2004 he received the GQ Award for best designer in his home country. Continuing on in 2008, with the award of “Barcelona Fashion” for the best professional within the field. 2013 was no exception to this trend when he took the award for the best collection autumn / winter 2014-15 during the January 2014 edition of the 080 Barcelona Fashion Week highlight.
The Abril signature look involves a dynamic, contemporary man with a passion for structured clothing and attention to detail (which occasionally presents a gothic undertone.) It is a look that is always served with beautifully presented fabrics.
The SS15 collection “Reflections” was no different to his signature style. Uneven and asymmetrical tailoring, a variation on a theme of sweater styles that looked soft and luxurious, tuxedo long blazer jackets and an plentiful selection of patterns and textures, the line was strong, confident and progressive.
There are several wardrobe staples in Abril´s collection which means you could wear elements of this collection with just about anything, from day wear to night wear with complete confidence. It’s his attention to detail which encompasses anything from an interesting cut at the neckline to off centered buttons that really puts his aesthetic into its own field.
Keeping up to trend, the collection also incorporated plaid into the spring line by using it on lighter looks, like shorts. Long tunics and socks with sandals also dominated his latest runway instalment. There is no doubt that Sñr Abril´s latest offering will also dominate several wardrobes in the next coming season as well.