10 Minutes With: Creative Director Josep Font of Delpozo
October 7, 2016
Creative Director Josep Font of Delpozo is known for his creative approach to volume, silhouette, and color. With a background in architecture where he learned the importance of proportion, Font focuses on finding the perfect balance between volume and shape, which flows through in his elegant designs. This season feminine silhouettes and embroidery play a quintessential part in the house’s romantic aesthetic, along with sharp cuts and playful drama.
We had the opportunity to sit down with Josep Font before his New York Fashion Week runway show to hear about his creative process and upcoming trends.
Neiman Marcus: What was the inspiration for the Delpozo Spring 2017 collection?
Josep Font: Two different works of art acted as the inspiration behind the Spring 2017 collection. The first was a painting by Spain’s master of light, Joaquín Sorolla. The second was the luminous refractions of Korean American Soo Sunny Park’s installation art.
NM: What trends can we expect for Spring 2017?
JP: For spring you’re going to see very feminine designs. Voluminous skirts, where fullness comes from the hip rather than the natural waist, and calla lily-structured sleeves. We also keep exploring one of the key elements of the house—embroidery—that can be found in knitwear, tops, and jackets in geometrical and floral shapes.
NM: What are the must-wear colors for Spring 2017?
JP: Influenced by Sorolla’s paintings, the spring color palette is filled with bright whites playing against luminous prints. The prints are created exclusively for Delpozo in hues of sorbet yellow, lilac, and apple green—fused with bolder colors like orange and fuchsia. The most interesting is the “Sorolla blue,” inspired by the master colorist, which appears in a unique floral print.
NM: Describe the ambiance backstage at the show during New York Fashion Week.
JP: There’s a lot going on backstage. It can get a bit crazy—models getting their hair and makeup done, the team working on getting the models dressed, and photographers trying to capture those precious moments. It’s like the storm before the calm when the show starts.
NM: What do you do to unwind and relax after the show?
JP: I love to celebrate with my team.
NM: Who is your fashion icon?
JP: I don’t really have a muse—but I’m fascinated by Jean Seberg and her rebel attitude.
NM: You have a history in architecture, and many of your designs reflect your architectural training. What role did that play in connection to the Delpozo Spring 2017 fashion show?
JP: My background as an architect always has a big influence on my collections. I learned the importance of proportion during my training in architecture, which has always stayed with me. I also like to focus on light and the interaction between colors and new fabrics and textures. This season I paid special attention to this concept since my two main inspirations both relate to the treatment of light.