Duarte Spring Summer 2022 Collection. Madrid, 24 September 2021
Words by Charlie Newman.
Wearable, practical and all weather clothes are strictly forbidden from fashion week catwalks, and yet the Duarte Spring Summer 2022 show, ‘Lost Paradise’, was another story. Tumbling down the catwalk came transparent, ruched parkas, layered atop deconstructed tailoring flushed in burnt hues. These are clothes you can dash from work to play in, marching through storms to soirees with grace and courage. Duarte have paired ease with elevation in this collection, each look oozes with sophistication minus the whiff of snobbery.
Swathing silk dresses are knotted at the hem or balloon at the hips, at once playful and refined. There’s a definite nod to the appreciation of craft in this collection, evident in the: two tone suits, slashed lace, meticulous botanical embroidery, contrast stitching and smooth stones edging occasional necklines. Nature is at the very core of this collection, burning through in rich, earthy tones, alongside ripples of blue, we feel at one with nature in Duarte, charting back to our “deepest roots.” As a brand, Duarte are also developing their own roots by giving back to nature in committing to ecological cottons, linens and denims throughout their production.
Nonetheless, it’s a far cry from the hippy bohemia we normally associate with summer style. Duarte shows strength in its faultless tailoring across mens and womenswear, an interchangeable link for the Duarte customer. For Duarte wearers, Spring Summer announces a considered off kilter silhouette, worn with a playful nonchalance in “celebration of the Mediterranean lifestyle in its purest essence”, for where else would you hope to be next summer?