Meet Arturo Obegero—The Spanish Designer Dressing Harry Styles Put on His Second Show in Paris Today
Obegero is soft-spoken and poised, warm and calm. The clothes he makes outside of his studio on the outskirts of Paris, though, tell a slightly different story. Asked to describe his work, he starts, “it’s a love letter to my hometown and Spain.” He finds inspiration in its native dance and folklore, and bullfighting is a recurring reference. “I obviously don’t support hurting animals,” he makes sure to preface, “but I love the dichotomy of bullfighter culture in Spain. I find it fascinating because it’s aimed at a very conservative crowd, and I find it funny that this crowd goes to see this performance of a super masculine man wearing this super homoerotic… costume. It’s a bizarre mix.”
That “bizarre mix” helps explain some of Obegero’s aesthetic. His collections revolve around deftly cut sharp tailoring, and the way he cuts, usually on the masc form, qualifies as homoerotic too—a romantic but overt sensuality. “I visited a matador tailor in Madrid once, and it was insane,” he continues, “it’s like a Dior atelier, all beaded, all stitched one by one.” This may also help explain his tendency to explore the couture-ish end of clothes making. A look from his fall 2022 collection–a bodycon lace bodice (gloves included) with a hand draped organza top and a waist-corseted pair of tailored pants with an open waistband–comes to mind.