Conversation With: Delpozo Creative Director Josep Font
February 23, 2016
After being dazzled by Delpozo’s Fall collection this afternoon, we headed backstage to speak with Creative Director Josep Font.
NM: Tell us about the inspiration behind the collection.
JF: I usually have two focal points that become the inspiration behind my collections. At the beginning of each season, I have many ideas in my head—which I research in-depth. Usually two ideas start to stand out over the rest. These could be an artist, a sculpture, a book, a film, and of course, nature. For my AW16 collection, I was inspired by the late-1920s film Metropolis and also by Daria Petrelli, an Italian digital illustrator.
NM: Is it about silhouettes? What about the colors and overall mood?
JF: Absolutely. When creating silhouettes, I turn to volume, proportion, and color.
Metropolis inspired the silhouettes and volume in the trousers and sleeves of the collection, as well as the metallic color palette. Petrelli’s illustrations influenced the Victorian silhouette and the warm and natural colors of the collection. I wanted this collection to truly be about contrasts.
NM: It seems like we are always seeing Delpozo in Street Style snaps. Which style icons do you love to see in Delpozo, and how do they inspire you?
JF: I love seeing any woman wearing Delpozo. I don’t have a favorite, as each woman carries herself differently and that is the beauty of it. They integrate the brand within their own personal style and attitude, which makes it unique. I have seen different women with the same Delpozo piece, with completely opposite styles and different results, but always very elegant.
NM: You describe your brand as “prêt-à-couture.” Which elements of prêt-à-porter and which of couture does your brand encompass?
JF: We embrace couture techniques in the process of our garments. It can also be the fabrics we use for the collections, the handmade finishes, and the working process—it’s all artisanal, like couture. However, we translate it to a production, which means our garments aren’t one of a kind. Some pieces might only have three units in the whole world, but there is a strong production behind others. One season, we had a knit dress that, due to timing and the intricate construction of the garment, we could only make five units.
NM: What does luxury mean to you today?
JF: Time. As we have entered pre-collections as well as accessories, I have less and less time. Of course, it’s quite a current feeling in this industry, and I feel that is true luxury.
NM: The details on Delpozo pieces are so striking in every collection. When you’re designing, do you envision the details first, or do they come as you are creating the clothes?
JF: It varies with each piece. Sometimes, I work on the silhouette and fabric as a whole, and then when the garment is finished, I take a second look and work on the details. Other times, it’s completely the other way around: I work on the embroidery and then it translates into a coat, gown, or even gloves—like this season!