Highlights of Colombiamoda, Days 2 & 3


After four days exploring the fashion trends of the Latin American region, navigating our way through crowds of crazed Colombian fashionistas, and exploring the thoughtful creative process of the Colombian fashion designer, the 30th edition of Colombia Fashion Week finally came to a close yesterday, connecting 475 brands with 11,800 buyers, 12% international and 88% local— once again proving why Colombiamoda is the premiere platform for seeking out the best of Colombian fashion design. Here are our highlights from days 2 and 3 of the fair.


Designer: Maria Elena Villamil

Collection: Resort 2020 ‘Ser’ (Be)

Inspiration: Brutalist architecture; introspection and connection with the self

Palette: Neutrals, olive green, and orange

Last year, Maria Elena Villamil launched her new casual wear line ‘MEV’, a more mainstream and inclusive alternative to her primary brand, Maria Elena Villamil. In line with the principles of Brutalist architecture, MEV’s new collection exalts purity, simplicity, and geometry, and features varying lengths of casual wear that drape and fold, cinch and cut, creating new volumes in nylon, cotton, jersey, denim and leather. It is interesting to note that the casting for this show welcomed all body types, focusing on clothes to complement all silhouettes.

Renata Lozano

Designer: Renata Lozano

Collection: Exótica Collection

Inspiration: India and its chakras

Palette: The colors of the chakras

Upon starting work on this collection, designer Renata Lozano set a personal challenge for herself: to use every last remnant of fabric in her atelier. It was her own private rebellion against fast fashion and its catastrophic effects on the planet— and it’s a good thing she did it. The result is a rich combination of casual fabrics with luxurious and delicate ones, in a mixture of tones that recall India’s chakras — violet, indigo, blue, green, gold, orange and red. Silhouettes range from maharaja coats, to an echo of the top Indian women wear under their sari, and even ‘genie’ pants.

Alexandra Bueno

Designer: Alexandra Bueno

Collection: ‘Andariega’

Inspiration: Colombian coffee and nomadic women from the Colombian tropic

Color Scheme: Whites, beige, baby blue and olive green, with pops of colors like gold-yellow

The fourth collection by Alexandra Bueno takes inspiration from Colombia’s coffee heritage— particularly the nomadic women of the Colombian tropic that are tasked with collecting it. As always, Bueno’s silhouettes are feminine, young, and powerful, yet relaxed— transmitting the spirit of the forward-thinking Colombian woman.

Andres Otalora

Designer: Andres Otalora

Collection: Resort 2020 ‘Las Caraqueñas’

Inspiration: The elegance and opulence of Venezuela’s golden age

Color Scheme: Off-white, mustard yellow, blue and green tones, plus black and white

Inspired by his mother, and other women from Venezuela of the 1970s and 80s, Andres Otalora created this collection to celebrate the elegance and opulence of Venezuela’s golden age. The collection comprises dresses printed in colorful motifs of Asian and European upholstery, on fabrics like linen, cotton and silks. His patterns were developed through an Asian dying technique called ‘Ikat,’ used to pattern textiles by resist dyeing on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric— a meticulous and time-consuming process. For Otalora, it represents a much more minimalist collection in comparison to his previous collections; one prepped for an international audience and everyday wear.


Designers: Alejandro González and Andrés Restrepo

Collection: ‘Terracota’

Inspiration: Colombian pottery

Color Scheme: Shades of tan, terracotta and indigo

‘Terracota’ pays tribute to traditional pre-Columbian ceramics. The collection presents looks that recall clay and mud textures. Ample and voluminous, sleeves were prominent on the catwalk, and each look featured a combination of rigid and draping fabrics that juxtaposed with the mise en scène of an anthropology museum. What better way to close Colombia Fashion Week than with an homage to the country’s greatest heritage: artisanship.