Every April, after Feria here in Seville has finished and we’re all still recovering from too many late nights and stonking rebujito-fuelled hangovers, I promise myself that next year, like a good Sevillana, I will organise my outfit well in advance: check my dress is cleaned and pressed; shoes are en condiciones (the last pair collapsed after the rigours of Feria 2014); and maybe even get some new earrings – clip-ons are tricky to find, as I stopped used pierced earrings when my small children thought it was fun to yank the pretty shiny things hanging from Mummy’s ears. Ow.
What happened last week as I prepared for the long-awaited rendezvous with my pandi (girl gang)? I discovered that The Dress, which barely fits (too many cakes and puds), still had last year’s manzanilla on its volantes (never made it to the drycleaners); no earrings; and shockingly uncomfortable cheapo espadrille sandals – a last-minute panic purchase. #feriafashionfail
None of which stopped me from going, naturally, and having a bloody good time. Evidence is limited to my personal Facebook and Instagram accounts (@fififlores).
In this post you can see photos of what the fashion-forward feriantes wore this year. Every year I try to spot the new trends at the Feria – colours, prints, accessories. Sevillana women spend months planning their outfits, coordinating their trajes de gitana (flamenco dresses) with fringed shawl (manton), all-important flower worn in the hair, and jewellery.
Did you go to the Feria? What eye-catching outfits did you spot? Or maybe you set a trend yourself?