The Bite Magazine - Autmn/Winter 2020 - Issue 28

bitecatwalk S uperb in every single detail, the house of Pertegaz came back from its brief respite after the passing of the brand’s beloved designer, the world-renowned and utterly unforgettable Manuel Pertegaz. Considered to be Spain’s premier haute couturier, Pertegaz has a rich history in designing one-of-a-kind bespoke pieces and collections for everyone from royalty, dignitaries, socialites and celebrities. Debuting with a resonating roar, impeccably tailored gowns, playful and seduc- tive cocktail dresses accented with over-the-top feather accents and giant bows, sophisticated pantsuits, dizzyingly beautiful embroidered jackets and exquisitely designed headpieces in a prismatic array of jewel tones zig-zagged their way down a wide rose pink runway. The gazelle-like models kept tempo to the melodic music of Ravel’s Bolero and ‘Recuerdos de la Alhambra’ by Francisco Tárrega expertly played by the symphony orchestra in the middle of the catwalk. They displayed the whimsical movement of the silk gowns and dresses and the more structured wool and cashmere coats and knitwear. The looks that specifically caught my eye were the opening all-black pantsuit as well as look #4 with its pretty-in-pink oversized coat and incredible feather headdress resembling what only one of the best Vegas showgirl would ever consider wearing. Look #6 with matching emerald green turtle neck and overcoat; and finally, the one that took my breath away, look #15. If I could wear something every day, this creamy white ensemble would be it! The long tailored coat with perfectly placed buttons was layered over possibly the best pair of wide-leg trousers I've ever seen. The fancier fishnet and girly polka dot gloves added just the right amount of trendy edge to make it current all the while still insanely chic, elegant and timeless; exactly what Pertegaz stands for - elegance! Overall, every look Jorge Vazquez, Pertegaz’s successor design- er delivered was captivating. While he (and no one for that matter) will ever be able to replace or replicate the brilliance of Manuel Pertegaz’s genius, he came close with this awe-inspiring collection.