From four quietly successful decades as a much-loved label on the Madrid fashion scene, Delpozo has subsequently grown into an international fashion force with a global clientele. Under the helm of creative director Josep Font, the Spanish brand is now a firm fixture on the New York Fashion Week schedule, and its designs, aptly described as capturing “the rare dichotomy of futuristic and fairytale” by InStyle style director Melissa Rubini, regularly appear on the red carpet.
Founded in 1974 by Madrid-based fashion designer Jesús del Pozo, the brand began life as a boutique, for which its owner produced his own locally acclaimed designs. After Mr del Pozo’s death in 2011, the label was acquired by Perfumes y Diseño SA, which in turn appointed designer Josep Font to take the brand forward, and onto the international stage.
Since taking the helm, Josep has brought a new lease of life to the historic fashion house. Following his debut for the brand on the Madrid runway in August 2012, the designer chose to show at New York Fashion Week the following February. This decision brought Delpozo’s striking aesthetic to the attention of a global audience, and the label is now a firmly established part of the schedule.
Josep’s elegant, fashion-forward designs, which play with volume and color, incorporate many of the artisanal techniques one would typically expect to see at a couture house. Indeed, many consider Delpozo a demi-couture label, given the level of craftsmanship inherent in the collections, which obviously reflects the designer’s time on the haute couture runway in Paris.
His pieces are also complexly constructed and distinctly sculptural, traits which are undoubtedly influenced by his architectural training, and it was this quality of construction, as well as the refined designs, which appealed to the discerning eye of Moda Operandi founder Lauren Santo Domingo. Moda Operandi was one of the first retailers to stock the Spanish brand, and Delpozo is now one of the site’s most sought-after labels.
A loyal fan of Josep’s designs herself, Lauren is often pictured in Delpozo as is Carmen, a Moda Operandi investor. And they are among an ever-growing group of fashion industry insiders and oft-photographed women who attend Delpozo's show each season.
However, the rapid success of the label is a result of more than just its red-carpet following. It is a clear testament to the fact that Delpozo appeals to women from all walks of life. As the designer himself told vogue.co.uk, "The Delpozo woman has no age or an aspect. It's about possessing a range of attitudes such as intelligence, poise and a particular way of relating to the world."
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