MADRID, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Overall it would be fair to that the 56th edition of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Madrid has been a reflection of the times and especially the economic times that we live in.
Although there have been some exceptions that prove the rule, such as the collection from Victorio&Luccino, which took its inspiration on their display on the traditional Chinese dress the 'Qipao' with strident, bright designs of blocks of color or flowers and the typically flamboyant, display of Agata Ruiz de la Prada, which looked like a visit to a sweetshop, the majority of the 41 different catwalk shows offered something more in tune with the current mood in Spain.
Perhaps it could and should not be otherwise, because when there is an economic crisis in the streets, the catwalk perhaps has a duty and also a need to reflect it. For that reason many of the proposals on view in Madrid saw collections that were approachable, simple and comfortable.
The emphasis was on tradition and classic lines and also classic colors such as rose, turquoise and autumnal colors, or course with a fair amount of white and grey, colors that never go out of fashion.
Meanwhile many of the cuts were simple, based on classic lines, which once again will not go out of fashion.
It was as if Spain's designers have paid more attention than ever to the needs of the high-street and of a public, who affected by rising unemployment, falling spending power and a rise in sales tax, can afford fewer frivolities when they are out shopping and have the need to buy clothes that they can wear time and again and which will look as fresh and fashionable next year as they will in two years.