In recent months the Denibi brand has added the name Barcelona to its moniker branding, denoting that the city of Barcelona continues to be source of inspiration for the brand as well as the city where many of the garments are made. But other than this branding change, Denibi Barcelona is evolving along the path that has made the brand one of the most interesting emerging brands presenting during New York Fashion Week (NYFW).
That said; creative director Fadel Denibi likes to take traditional silhouettes and reinterpreted those silhouettes through a modern lens with a few twists. And that brand DNA fits in perfectly with the inspiration for the fall 2017 collection.
With a cracked African ebene as the design motif for the brand that denotes polar opposites—the right side representing happiness and the left side representing sadness—Fadel Denibi looks to dual qualities in his women. This dual personality is made evident in Fadel Denibi’s first painting, Agatha. Agatha fights for equality and justice while balancing the varying aspects of her personality. Agatha is feminine, yet enigmatic; curious and probing, yet firm in her convictions.
In this fall 2017 collection, Agatha’s femininity is expressed in floral shapes. Beautifully crafted high collars in the collection represent the high collars from the Agatha painting. Denibi stays mostly with neutral colors with a few seafoam blue garments thrown in as an injection of color.
True to form, classic silhouette are reimagined with peplum jackets suggesting a rose unfolding and simple shift dresses with inverted front slits conjuring up images of upside down flowers. Though these classic silhouettes have been seen for decades, Fadel Denibi revises these classics in ways that detail youthfulness and sophistication.
Standout looks in the collection include the brand’s camel asymmetric cashmere coat, black wool flower-shaped jacket with classic black wool pencil skirt, seafoam blue wool flower-inspired jacket, and camel asymmetric cashmere coat, black wool flower-shaped jacket with classic black wool pencil skirt, seafoam blue wool flower-inspired jacket, .
—William S. Gooch