Live a 360º fashion experience with Clec Festival
Categories: urban festival.
TOURISTIC AREA: City of Arts and Alameda
Clec Fashion Festival returns in 2021 as the gathering for lovers of fashion and design. Valencia's Hemisfèric will be the venue for the event, set for 30th and 31st October.
The Clec Fashion Festival will feature close to 150 professionals working in such creative domains as photography, beauty, cinema, art, music and gastronomy from the perspective of sustainability.
The great masters of Valencian fashion – Juan Andrés Mompó, Presen Rodríguez, Enrique Lodares and Amparo Chordá – will participate in a round table discussion titled ‘Fashion truths’. One of the most poignant fashion talks by the great senior designers who built up the industry over the 20th century. What is more, celebrated photographer Juan Carlos Vega – whose extensive career has encompassed fashion, advertising, art and philanthropy – will touch down at CLEC for an iconic portrait photo shoot with the senior designers.
Live cooking events
CLEC will bring together its most prestigious chefs, charged with awakening all five senses at the festival. Bernd Knoller of Riff, Begoña Rodrigo of La Salita, Carito Lourenço of Fierro, Mar Soler of 2 Estaciones, Alberto Lozano Manzano of Entrevins and Nacho Romero of Kaymus are among those who have already confirmed their participation in the 2021 edition. Once again, temporary pairings made up of designers and chefs will join forces to create unique fashion-inspired dishes. This has become one CLEC’s signature elements.
This year, the talks will have a very activist bent, highlighting ethical, responsible fashion. For the first time, Las Naves, the centre for social and urban innovation in the city of Valencia, will play an active role in the festival with its think tank group Fashion + Sustainable, creating a space for debate around the threat to the planet posed by fast fashion.
Students from design schools in the Valencian Community – including the Higher School of Art and Design (EASD) and Barreira, among others – will have the opportunity to show their sustainable clothing collections in a group fashion show.
CLEC boasts an exceptional line-up: Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada, Dolores Cortés, Miquel Suay, Isabel Sanchís and rising fashion stars such as Visori, 404 Studio, Yvan Andreu, Alvaro Mars and Eduardo Navarrete. And the festival’s major surprise, Custo Dalmau, will join us at CLEC to share his latest spring/summer 2022 collection titled ‘I trust me’ – which has already shown in New York. Attendees will also be able to view the fashion film Custo first released at the Big Apple's fashion week.
Cinema and photography
This year, one of the main elements of the festival will be fashion films, bringing fashion to life in a new language. Award-winning filmmaker Víctor Claramunt is among the top film directors on the scene today. The Valencian has won awards at the five major fashion film festivals – La Jolla, Berlin FFF, London FFF, ASVOFF and Buenos Aires FF – and will be at CLEC to present his best films and share his experience with those in attendance. This round table discussion will also include one of the people with the most experience in the field of fashion communications in our country, Alex Estil·les, founding partner of XXL Comunicación and architect of the communications strategy for Custo Barcelona from the brand’s creation.
Estil·les and Victor Claramunt will share their expertise in the fashion film industry as a new tool of expression for fashion brands.
Also, in a look back at great historic fashion moments, prestigious photographer Gerardo Ortíz will represent the most iconic images by the late photographer Peter Lindbergh. Among others, Ortiz will recreate Lindbergh's portraits of the most sought-after models of the 1990s: Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford. For this occasion, Ortíz will photograph Valencia’s most sought-after models of the 1990s, who inspired the designers of the time.
Clec Super Star Award at the Clecfactory party
The concept for this event will be iconic illustrator Andy Warhol's Factory, recreating its essence in Valencia. The Factory is the name given to the space where Warhol produced the majority of his work. The mythical Manhattan studio was the setting for eccentric parties attended by celebrities from the bohemian scene, including Salvador Dalí and Mick Jagger. From this tumult emerged the Warhol Superstars, artists chosen by the American creator to receive his backing and promotion. They epitomised his well-known pronouncement: ‘In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.’
In recognition of the creative and activist parallels between CLEC and Warhol’s Factory, the event will designate four artists as CLEC Super Stars in the categories of fashion, art, communications and emerging, in order to promote their careers and work in the industry. The event plans to include this recognition in future editions to showcase and support the talent from which CLEC derives its meaning. As at the Factory, a group of artists from the School of Fine Arts at the University of the Basque Country will screen video art scenes on the hemisphere and work on the ‘17 is not a number’ project, producing screen prints on recycled fabrics. The Hemisfèric will don the colours CMYK – cyan, magenta, yellow and black – which so represent the artist’s prints. What is more, the recommend dress code for attendees, which can be found on the website, will also evoke the Factory ambiance.
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You can follow all the programming live by stage at CLEC FASHION TV, the festival's streaming channel, which will broadcast the entire experience on www.clec.fashion.