María Clè Leal

We are in de middle of the 23rd edition of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam. And the best for the last, a nice dessert to complete this fashion menu, on monday (July 13th.) at the Westergasfabriek. In a special exchange collaboration with Mercedes-Benz fashion Week Madrid, the fashion designer María Clè Leal Mercedes-Benz Fashion Talent Madrid award) will present her collection. Doutzen Kroes will be present at this show. 

María Clè Leal

Trained at the European Institute of Design in Madrid, María Clè Leal, created her fashion brand in 2004. A brand awarded with the first prize of The Basque Country young designers contest (Bilbao, 2004) and Young Designers Contest Spain (Madrid, 2005).

Besides presenting two collections a year, she has worked for the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Artium at Vitoria-Gasteiz, Television series such as “Águila Roja” or a project for the Basque Government called “Euskadi sabe a moda”.

In 2008 and 2012, she was selected among the top fifty works at The Mango Fashion Awards.

María Clè Leal´s passion, is captured in her art work, facet that has led her to collaborate with other artists and has gradually permeated her designs, enriching their particular imagination. A sophisticated world that combines passion, delicacy and invites you to dream. The story “Clara Rockmore. Echo of a life between sounds”, a project written by Marta Villota and illustrated by María Clè, which was released in March 2014. SIE7E collection was presented at the “Samsung Ego” space in February 2014, which was subsequently exhibited at the Museum Artium Vitoria-Gasteiz, entitled, “Design with soul”.


Pure sensitivity falls softly upon the body. A mist that flows and ebbs, like the caress of the wind on a flower. A gentle breath of air, warm and swift. The ephemeral beauty that resides within subtlety. A ray of light that awakens life from within. To amaze. To remind. To grow.

Fleeting beauty anchored deeply. The strength that fights adversity, meeting its end, fixing to memory. An eternal moment in one´s mind that will disappear like the drops of rain that feed it.

Only now and forever. Brittle yet eternal, like the final leaf to yield its place. Its presence. Its absence. Its memory.


Fashion illustration by Linda Zoon

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