Fely Campo presented Zigurat, during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, September 2023.

Updated 01:51 pm EST, February 17, 2024

Published 09:27 pm EDT, October 8, 2023

Photo Courtesy: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid

Fely Campo: Zigurat

By Alfonso de Hoyos-Acosta

Enjoy nostalgia, hedonism, and glamour alike with Fely Campo's Zigurat collection. Inspired by Havana's Art Deco for a captivating look.

By Alfonso de Hoyos-Acosta

Updated 01:51 pm EST, February 17, 2024

Published 09:27 pm EDT, October 8, 2023

Photo Courtesy: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid

Fely Campo presented an intriguing collection colored in shimmering shades of silver, pink, and green.  It was a fresh look based on the Arts Décoratifs, also called Art Deco. The collection flourished as an architectural style globally through the early 1930s. Although inspired by buildings from Havana, this collection also hinted at influences from the American Preppy styles of that era. The collection had an air of exuberance as Havana started to assemble a glamorous rival to Miami.

Fely Campo presented Zigurat, during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, September 2023.
Fely Campo presented Zigurat, during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, September 2023.

Fely Campo: Zigurat

Zigurat is the name of this collection. The 25 pieces are presented to invoke a series of emotions that build on each other. The clothes give off feelings of hedonism, freedom, opulence, nostalgia, and glamour. Art Deco intertwines this collection with its geometric flow, clean lines, and a soothing repetition of silhouettes. These can be found in even the quirkiest buildings in Havana of this period. 

Fely Campo presented Zigurat, during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, September 2023.
Fely Campo presented Zigurat, during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, September 2023.

The first look on the runway set the tone with a gorgeously complex silver dress uplifted with its simplicity in cut and drape. The top, whose style was repeated throughout the collection, had a daring deep cut-out in a geometric stadium shape that almost bisected the garment but still had a minimal band connecting the cutout at the sternum level. It was supremely effective in giving off a daring, sexy look without veering into vulgarity.

Art Deco

In particular, the second dress was a stunning juxtaposition of a top in preppy plaid shaded with sparkling pink and green, which evoked Havana’s glorious, stained glasses. The bottom was a full, almost neon pink skirt, giving off energy to the overall design. The collection unquestionably showed the vibrancy of that time as it married a traditional Latino culture with the energetic intrusion of American and European intellectualism. Significantly building another glamorous playground for elegant global wealth.

The collection showcased geometric silhouettes and cuts enhanced by fabrics inspired by Art Deco ornamental language. Not to mention, organic mosaics contrasted with the vertical lines of the cutouts and those glorious, lush plaids. The skirts and dresses used voluminous taffeta and satin to give the tops a relaxed and curved foundation.

Fely Campo presented Zigurat, during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, September 2023.
Fely Campo presented Zigurat, during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, September 2023.

A Tribute to Cuba

Fely Campo talked about Zigurat and revealed, “This collection is my poetic tribute to Cuba, to its Art Deco buildings, to its creative force. In short, the captivating feeling that floods me with art, music, dance and color”.  A Cuban stained glass window provided a backdrop for the collection and helped the audience understand the atmosphere of old Havana. Fabrics provided neon tones, lamé, and metallic finishes that mimicked the iridescent glass reflections of the stage. 

In conclusion, Zigurat creates a window in a seductive time that combines elegance and sensuality. Both underpinned by Fely Campo’s adherence to clean lines and impeccable tailoring. Fely’s creations are not made for a narrow type of woman. But undeniably for a person who still wants adventure and glamor. A glamor mixed with a fresh, clean point of view and is unafraid to show off that she is still a beautiful woman.

The Collection

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