The first is black – this isn’t a colour I’ve seen much in previous years, but this year there were a number of black trajes de flamenca. Maybe they’re a commentary on Spain’s economic situation – although red would be more appropriate.
Some had lace or sheer chiffon polka-dot sleeves, or little cropped jackets, like the one you can see below, or were even made entirely of lace, like a walking mantilla. Fine if you’re in mourning, a little lugubrious if you’re not.
There were also dresses with very low backs, and dresses with chiffon volantes – shiny net frills – all very glamorous and evening-y. I even saw a sequinned and beaded traje – but my friend and I agreed, the effect was rather too Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Unfortunately, a combination of crowded pavements, and inability to respond immediately thanks to fiddly iPhone camera apps, exacerbated by a rebujto-addled brain, meant that I missed some fab photo opps – sorry. You’ll just have to take my word for it.
I also noticed a trend for shiny satin fabrics, above (yellow and flower prints are among my least favourites for flamenco dresses, so this one was painful) and metallics, such as this silver flower.
That old favourite, broderie anglaise, was also around, especially with a co-ordinating colour underneath, showing through the little holes, so that you get a two-tone double-layer effect.
Some dresses had a fine lace overlayer, which I loved. This one had a little lace applique waistcoat.
And here’s one I spotted on the way home (hence the ugly metal wall in the background), which ticked all the boxes: black – check; metallic flower – check (even if it’s a bit Christmas decoration); chiffon sleeves – check; low back – check. She’s even got her necklace hanging down her back – a true Feria trendsetter.