The last two collections by Antonio Burillo and Juan Carlos Fernández, creators of The 2nd Skin Co., have turned this fashion label into a favorite of both movie stars and devotees of boundless femininity. They work from their Madrid atelier on one-of-a-kind formal and evening dresses while planning their prêt-à-porter line. The designers devote a great deal of time and creativity to recapturing vintage silhouettes, hand painting and embroidering flowers and other prints, and planing all the details of their elegant and modern looks. "We like to create clothes that are considered a current luxury, something for today. We think of ourselves as renewed classics for the 21st century ", says designer Antonio Burillo.
Childhood memories and classic films are the inspiration for their sophisticated garments. "Luxury is a lifestyle and it can have a different meaning for each person. For some, it is driving a Bentley through the streets of Seville or Barcelona, and for others it is to be in a deserted town with no Internet connection. For us, luxury is based on satisfaction, exclusivity and the quality of our creations," explains Fernández, co-owner of the trademark.
Burillo and Fernández met while working for the designer Angel Schlesser, and soon became friends. "A short time after we met, we decided to join forces and spirits to create our brand," recalls Fernández. In 2006, they founded The 2nd Skin. Although "the beginnings were hard," they soon found loyal customers who helped them to "create a brand image," says the designer.
Movie stars of very different styles, like Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Morrison and Bella Thorne are now the ambassadors of their creations, designed for "a woman who is an idealist but has both feet on the ground," says Burillo. "We are inspired by a confident woman, hardworking and with a strong personality."
Burillo says he loves actress Tilda Swinton. She would perfectly embody his designs for the 2014 fall-winter season, summarized in the Red Candy collection presented during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Madrid. This line features garments and accessories that draw from Dorothy and The Wizard of Oz, and 1950s silhouettes reinvented to evoke the taste of the fresh cherries and caramel apples from our childhood. Read more here about fashion.