Friday, January 23, 2009
You may well be wondering what on earth the title of this post is all about. The Catalans have pan tomaquet right? not "pan con mantequilla"??!
Well, today ends the 4th year of the Fashion show or "tradeshow for selected brands" as the site describes it. There is also the same show in Berlin in the summer, but the Barcelona show still brings in the crowds. The show is split up into different sections and covers a huge amount of floor space at the Fira de Barcelona, at the foot of Montjüic. Denim base, Fashion now, Sport and Street, Urban superior, and even a discoteque style fashion base for expositions, catwalks and the general young feeling that current fashion has, especially in such a cosmopolitan city such as the Catalan Capital, Barcelona. The website boasts the fair as being "the leading international trade fair for Street and Urban Wear".
It's a shame that the Fira has lost out to Bread and Butter Barcelona(BBB), and I have the feeling that the upcoming 3GSM mobile phone conference will suffer the same fate - I can't put my finger on why, but suspect that it might have something to do with the hotels and other accomodation services hiking up their prices so much, due to the fact that they expect the huge multi-national companies such as Vodafone, Movistar, Samsung, etc. to pay - and indeed they have done for the past 4 years - it always comes out in the press on the days before the conference. Not sure in BBB has suffered the same fate (I doubt it), but let's hope it will be back soon!
The area of Montjüic is a popular place to relax, with some of Barcelona's nicest parks and gardens and some fantastic views of the city, too. Avoid the stuffy hotelrooms, and go for a Barcelona apartment,next time you visit.