Guess what arrived in time for me to take it with me to Spain to wear at the feria? This amazing rendition of a bullfighter's jacket by H&M's recent Conscious Exclusive collection. As this was a collection apparently inspired by flamenco dancers and bullfighters I was always going to be all over it. And it was an environmentally friendly collection to boot being made out of recycled or sustainable materials. I actually bought this jacket to serve as a flamenco costume but it was also just perfect for a bit of Carmen inspired drama on Ladies Day.
Ladies Day at the Feria de Caballo in Jerez (essentially a horse fair) is when the women dress up in a traditional traje de gitana (gypsy dress), a romantic confection of Andalusian flamenco frills much like the red lace one my friend is wearing in the photo above. Women prepare for weeks before the feria for this day. They either make their own dress, shop for one at numerous stores that bring them out in endless variations around this time of year, or to ensure they have one that nobody else will be seen in, they enlist the help of a tailor to custom make one for them. Woe betide you if you arrive in Jerez in the run up to feria and expect the attention of a tailor! They'll all be booked!
This was my fourth feria which according to the locals now makes me a veteran. And I always relish the opportunity to dress up on ladies day! In the past I've worn my own version of a traje de gitana using things in my own wardrobe, such as the outfit in my last post, or one of my flamenco costumes. This year I thought I'd add an element of the gypsy torero to my outfit. Now I've never been to a bullfight, nor do I ever intend to go to one and nor do I support it. But strange as it may sound, in order to understand flamenco you have to understand bullfighting as both have strong links with gypsy culture. There is a good article here for those interested in understanding more. I actually recently performed wearing the jacket at a concert having choreographed a dance around the idea of the bullfighter because it went with a particular piece of music.
I have some wonderful photos of what the women were wearing on Ladies Day that I hope to share with you at some point. In the meantime I'm joining Patti over at Not Yet Dead Style for Visible Monday. Was I visible? Hell yeah!
Also linking up to Share In Style at La Moda Vita where the theme is Gold.
Jacket: H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection; Skirt and top: Chine; Espadrilles and accessories: from Spain.