Half a year after starting his fashion studies at Central Saint Martins, Antonio Banderas is probably the only student who pocketed a job in this industry that fast. The Spanish actor has collaborated with high-street retailer Selected to launch a men’s clothing range under his name for the following two seasons.

Surprisingly in this kind of partnership, Banderas makes clear that his level of involvement in the first drop was low. “I cannot go out there and say that I designed this collection on my own, because it is not true. We have to not only be humble, but also honest with this collaboration. I participated, yes. I made choices about the things they presented to me, yes. But it’s the result of a strong dialogue with the expert designers at Selected that this collection has become a reality,” he says. “Little by little, I love to participate more and more in the criterion and the evaluation of the collection, but that is something that I know will come with time and experience. And I want to work hard for that, but lucky for me Selected is mentoring me along the way.”

Antonio Banderas Design by Selected Homme
Antonio Banderas Design by Selected Homme


What can you expect from Antonio Banderas’ Design by Selected Homme? Men staples such as biker leather jackets, slim-fit jeans, turtlenecks, plain wool coats and white tees are some of the pieces that Banderas wears in the first imagery release, as well as suits. The fashion design apprentice made small contributions to design details such as color: "the Mediterranean is a huge influence on the person that I am today, so it was essential to mark key pieces with a signature ocean blue as an ode to my home in Spain,” says Banderas.

The first collection of Banderas for Selected will be available in stores in August 2016.

Antonio Banderas with Selected's design team
Antonio Banderas with Selected's design team