TOP Majorcan designers Jose Miro and Carmen March are among the 35 designers who are presenting their latest designs at the Cibeles fashion week in Madrid.
For the second year running this is being held in a huge marquee erected in the Buen Retiro park.
Miro and March will present their creations on Friday, at 12.15 and 2pm respectively.
The L'Oreal-Pasarela Cibeles prize will go to the best collection by one of the designers taking part in the competition, and a jury of experts from the worlds of fashion, design and image will vote for the best model. Both prizes are worth 6'000 euros.
In this 45th edition of the fashion show, in which nine autonomous regions are represented, stick thin models have once again been rejected for ones which give a healthier image on the catwalk.
In fact, nine of the 69 models originally scheduled to take part have been rejected, as their weight is considered to be below normal standards.
Dr Susana Monereo, who is in charge of measuring the models, said that a weight lower than that recommended can have a negative influence on the general population, and be the cause of problems related with anorexia. Monereo said that with a body mass of less than 18 there is a greater probability of having associated illnesses. She added that the intention of the Madrid regional government was to prevent impressionable young people from becoming fixated with excessively thin models.
Model Raquel Brel admitted that in ten years of modelling, she had seen many young girls eating just one apple a day, and added there are more who eat very little than those who eat well.
One of the novelties in this edition of the show is the union of fashion and gastronomy on the common ground of creation.
The fact that 2007 has been declared in Madrid as the International Stage of Gastronomy is the reason why it was decided to relate the present edition of the fashion show with gastronomy.
Some 35 prestigious chefs of the region are collaborating in this project, and each one has been assigned to a fashion designer whose work will inspire the creation of a dish.
The 35 dishes, together with the recipes and photographs of the designer and chef who created them, will be published in a magazine entitled Collection of recipes from Cibeles February 2007: Fashion and Gastronomy, which will be published within the next few months.
Among the chefs who will participate in this initiative are Mario Sandoval, Alberto Chicote, Pedro Larumbe, Quique Dacosta and Javier Oyarbide.
A commemorative bottle of wine will be created for this edition of the Fashion Show in collaboration with Vinos de Madrid.