The historic city in the south of Spain offers the perfect brackdrop for the season's most sultry, sophisticated looks.
Erik Madigan Heck
It’s easy to get seduced by Seville—especially climbing this staircase at Casa de Pilatos, the Duke of Medinaceli’s 16th-century residence, with its arabesque mosaics making quite the welcome mat. Seville’s diverse history combines Roman castles, Gothic cathedrals, and Moorish arcades—an amalgam of the best of Spanish style. Legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland summed up the nation’s rich visual language: “the bullrings, the flamenco dancers, the fishermen in their boots and loose blouses, the glories of the church and the cool of the cloisters.” That vision of Spain lives on in Seville, where the ancient ochre streets proved a fitting backdrop for fall’s darkly romantic fashion. The collections brought elaborate fabrics into the spotlight—flutters of Chantilly lace reminiscent of traditional mantillas and shimmering brocades fit for a 2015 Queen Isabella. Our own latter-day infanta, lounging in Hotel Alfonso XIII’s regal interiors and strolling through Plaza de España’s grand pavilions, evokes Velázquez and Goya. Seville and the surrounding Andalusian state offer both old-world extravagance and down-to-earth charm. We’re still wondering why we came home at all.