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Desigual delights again with bright Barcelona baroques

For an hour on the first afternoon of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week New York, the unfortunately, completely blacked out tents were cracked open and flooded with sunshine. It came in the form of a Spanish invasion in the Theatre, when Desigual brought Barcelona bravura and alegria da vida to the runway.

Last season (, Desigual captured the crowd with its merry melange of hues and (stealing a page out of the Betsey Johnson runway show handbook) its lively, expressive, almost-skipping models. And this February was no different, as they built upon September's promise. Velvet flocking, jacquard, silk, alpaca and even some lamé are created or imprinted with fireworks of color.

Who can resist an iridescent satin jacquard raincoat, jeweled buttons or a fitted silk-blend Henley in an African inspired print? Or better yet, behold a transparent tuille yoke, an asymmetrical neckline and (strike!) a trapezoidal bowler-esque bag!

Certainly not Karolina Kukova, Siva Kaneswaran of “The Wanted”, Jill Zarin, Adrienne Bailon of “The Real”, Jackie Cruz and Vicky Jeudy of “Orange is the New Black”, Stassi Schroeder of “Vanderpump Rules”, all of whom lit up the front row with their smiles. In addition, Victoria Secret model Candice Swanepoel opened & closed the show.

Fifty five looks danced down the runway, with flirty hair by Danilo for Pantene (with tools by T3), color rich makeup and nails by Gordon Espinet and Keri Blair, respectively - both with the MAC Pro team. And yet, the clock struck midnight too soon. The Barcelona ball was too brief. Alas, like Cinderella, we must await Prince Autumn to see the next show, and to don these looks ourselves.

In the meantime, Desigual's spring and summer fashions are on the tracks now. And as their motto says: "la Vida es Chula". "Love is always in the air." Breathe deeply.

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