Alejandro Gómez Palomo is a designer who continues to challenge conventional gender norms with each collection designing clothes suitable for both men and women. The young designer has been exploring the theme of androgynous fashion since launching his label. His clothes have been seen on celebrities like Beyonce and Rita Ora, and more recently he was featured as part of of the Met’s latest exhibition: “Camp: Notes on Fashion.”
The last days of Pompeii were reimagined in Palomo Spain’s Spring 2020 collection, where Roman antiquity met Velasquez portraits of Spanish nobility adorned with garlands, fringe and metal filigreed masks. Mostly, though, Pompeii was used as a metaphorical device that translated breastplates into corsets layered over billowing peasant blouses or layered underneath a bright blue organza tunic trimmed in feathers. Some of the pieces could be described as a modern portrayal of ancient Roman garments with many silhouettes evoking ceremonial and leisure attire, especially a long white tunic gown with long sleeves and a high neckline.
Many elements in the collection spoke to the designer’s Spanish heritage, notably the handmade lace and crocheted pieces, like the one worn over a black skirt, with a delicate tiara on the model’s head. Flowy organza tunics, feather appliqués, and fringe remind us that it is a baroque collection, but it also maintains an air of wearability. Sumptuous clothes, including a linen khaki suit with a nipped in waist, and various garments embellished with jewels and glitter re-envision the idea of chic menswear. The range of fabrics and textures used was impressive, to say the least.