Thursday night in Ibiza means only one thing. Fashion at Atzaro! Atzaro had a great vibe on Thursday; a mist of purples and pinks and reggae beats, creating a chilled start to what was set to be a great night. The restaurant was buzzing with fashionistas; the in house shop was busy with girls looking for their next great buy, Atzaro was in full swing! I treated myself to a selection of Sushi from the Sushi bar, Sushi Point, which was a real feast! Finished off with a Mojito and I was ready for the next installment of Ibiza Fashion. A hop, skip and a jump down to the garden where the catwalk was ready and waiting for the show to begin.
This week’s fashion show was a classic bright white Ibicenco and Boho mix. Cottons and silks, whites and colours. These designers portray both the traditional Ibicenco style and the new wave of Kaftan. Atzaro was showcasing Monica Perez Ibiza and Boho Style. Two designers living in Ibiza, both with Ibicenco hearts, inspired by the white isle.
First out was Boho Style, a collection of high-end kaftans, made from the finest silk chiffon, with embroidery and beading. Think crystals, diamantes and sequins scattered through silk beach dresses. The kaftans are screen printed in India, where they are also made. This is Boho Style’s first collection. The dresses are made up of an exciting colour palette of citrus greens, sherbet pinks, sunflowers yellows, and popping purples, each dress is finished with a fearless velvet trim, complimenting the colours of each dress, along with bold bead work placed in the centre front of the dresses and around the neck.
Katie Ball, owner of Boho style, arrived in Ibiza ten years ago and she has certainly made her mark on the white isle, there is no end to this lady’s creative talent, also owner of Boho Villas, expanding her Ibiza empire into a clothing line, this lady may just be about to receive her royal Boho crown. This chica finds you villas with a soul, rustic homes with a bohemian feel. Coming from an interior design background, she tells me it was a natural progression for her, after trips to the east, this creative bunny started her ‘Boho Style’ clothing line. As I trot to parties, beaches and great boutiques all over Ibiza, girls are going dotty about Boho Style kaftans. She sells her dresses in El Ayoun, Km5, Las dos Lunas, Aura, km5 and Ocean Beach club, to name but a few fabulous Ibiza shops.
Smack were once again on hair and make up and Claudia Pink on accessories. This jeweller, a Liverpudlian girl, makes the most amazing statement jewelry in the way of headpieces, top arm bangles and oversized rings, fitting perfectly with Boho style, really setting off the whole look.
Next up was ‘Ad Lib’ designer Monica Perez, keeping the bohemian feel going, this lady works only in cotton and makes the most wonderful traditional Ibicenco ropa! Arriving in Ibiza in 1982 she had previously worked as a geography and history teacher. Immediately falling in love with the Ibiza, inspired by its sense of freedom and hedonism, she started to work on what was originally her fist love, designing clothes. She began working in leather wear and bikinis, but later fell in love with the traditional Ibicenco style and decided to concentrate on making 100% white cotton clothing for ladies and children.
‘Monica Perez Ibiza’ is a family brand; she works alongside her son, who also designs all the dresses. Together they seem so passionate and excited about what they do. When I ask who she designs for she tells me she designs for herself. She wants the lady that wears her collections to feel strong, sexy and comfortable in their summer looks. I also loved this collection, it was fresh and timeless, which I believe is the true key to success; to design a style that is forever on trend. They use a form of lace in their work called ‘Puntilla’, it looks similar to crochet, and works great as a finishing trim. The girls walked slowly in their cotton dresses, from sleeveless designs to full length to gypsy style bell sleeves. With great ‘Puntilla’ headpieces and beautiful children’s wear, this family duo has Ibicenco style covered! The show’s finale was breathtaking as the last look to show was ‘Monica Perez’ bridal gown. A floor length white cotton gown made up of 17 metres of cotton! She sells around the Island, but her main residence is at Cala Jondal, La Savinar. I left Atzaro inspired and fulfilled, happy in the knowledge that Ibiza truly is a magical place, where style is born!