Supermodelo 2008Â got off to a quiet start as OperaciÃ³n TriunfoÂ gathers even more momentum here in Spain. The popular Supermodel contest usuallyÂ rebounds once the OperaciÃ³n Triunfo wake surges (or at least it did last year).Â But honestly, I don’t know what to make of Supermodelo 2008Â this year;Â half the instructors are in fact French! Readers will be left wondering if there is anything at all to Spanish fashion. Leave that to me. I’ve recently gathered together many un-hitherto unrelated thoughts during my stay here in Spain, and compiled this list describing just what is popular in the world of Spanish fashion:
- Any English wordsÂ printed on T-shirts. It doesn’t matter what words are printed, they’re just cool. Partly because to be in a position to buy a foreign T-shirt, you have to have travelled somewhere.
- Car tattoos have become fashionable. That’s right. Car tattoos. The average spanish car enthusiast can’t afford to upgrade what’s under the bonnet. Hence, Spanish hoons restrict their engine modificationsÂ & instead focus on the outsides of their vehicles. So you’ll see all sorts of customised designs stuck onto cars. It’s just a small partÂ of what’sÂ called “tuning”, but here pronounced more like: “toonin”.
- The mullet haircut. I’m trying to work out whether mullet haircuts have made a comeback in Spain, or whether in reality they never went out of fashion! Whatever the case, rest assured that at least here in Spain, mullets are alive and well. They just don’t have a name yet.
- I once heard my friend comment that yellow houses were “vasto” or “cutre” (in my time, the appropriate translation is “corny”). Most houses in Spain are either white or yellow and I’ve always wanted to know why.
- WomensÂ shirts with sleeves should have enormous neck holes to compensate for the increased skin coverage factor. If the sleeves aren’t falling off the shoulders, it isn’t fashionable enough. Think of it more more like a tube top encompassing the arms as well. (you can thank wikipedia for educating this simpleton aboutÂ the many definitions of what shirt’s are and aren’t)
- In Spain, shoes are everything. Spanish men are lucky enough to have a special subset of shoes which are admitedly very difficult to describe. I suppose they land somewhere between the simplicity of those older canvis tennis shoes and the sleekness of modern sneakers. I had to trawl through dozens of pages to come across this picture representing this particular slice of SpanishÂ fashion.