Verdi Design, in fashion
Colombian textile studio Verdi, known for creating sophisticated, hand-woven artisanal rugs through an elaborate design process of interweaving natural fibers and metal, has taken the next step and ventured into the fashion world.
Its initial proposal in fashion is the Mochila Verdi, inspired by one of the most traditional Colombian crafts, but reinterpreted by Verdi and its signature process of combining hand-woven natural textiles with metal fibers. The result is a vibrant, organic, yet relaxed design of copper, silver, or gold mesh on bold-hued backdrops, a combination meant to brighten up any shoulder.
The brand’s characteristically vibrant tints are inspired by Colombia’s Caribbean coast and birthplace to late Verdi founder and namesake Carlos Vera Dieppa (hence the name VerDi). In their words, their Mochila Verdi “represents the connection between man’s spirit and Mother Nature. It’s what distinguishes us as Colombians: our magic and authenticity, that shine through our smiles and love of life.” verdi.com.co
It’s a trend many have wished were on its way out, but alas, it seems the infamous “millennial pink” is here to stay. The dusty hue has made appearances all over the design scene, from social media and printed materials, to clothing and furniture. And it’s not surprising why— this hue of pink has long been thought to have a relaxing effect, and today it represents a genderless, androgynous neutral, breaking stereotypes of pink as an exclusively feminine tone.
Masquespacio’s latest project comprises the creation of a concept store for Cuadernos Rubio, a traditional Spanish brand that produces educational tools like text books and workbooks, resulting in a recreational and interactive experience center in the heart of Valencia, Spain.
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After four days exploring the fashion trends of the Latin American region, fighting 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 the last two days of the fair.
The first day of Colombiamoda was jam-packed with the designer lineup of our dreams, including a few of our favorites which we will go into more detail about below. Highlights include none other than the mesmerizing talent of local favorite Andrés Pajón, Carlo Carrisoza and Pink Filosofy from Cali, Beatriz Camacho bringing in the warm weather from the coast— plus two smaller brands that we love, Juan de Dios and Religare. To follow are key points on each collection.
Lining the halls of one of Medellin’s oldest government buildings— now the Palacio de la Cultura, hundreds of well-heeled Colombians waited in balmy patience for fashion designer Johanna Ortiz’s much-anticipated fashion show opening the 30th edition of Colombia Fashion Week. Coming five years after Johanna’s last Colombiamoda appearance, the show heralded a return of the fashion giant to the runways of her home country’s biggest fashion event after a five-year hiatus.
Colombia Fashion Week – or Colombiamoda—begins next week (July 23-25) in Medellin with a much-awaited inaugural runway show by fashion giant Johanna Ortiz at the Palacio de la Cultura. This year’s Colombiamoda aims to grant greater importance to the end consumer, presenting more than 20 runway shows and a commercial exhibition featuring nearly 570 exhibiting brands, plus new initiatives like the Concept Market and Colombiamoda Digital that seek to connect the digital world with the physical, for the first time allowing for the purchase of finished products at the fair.
Mexican designer José Bermúdez and Juan Carlos Franco of Colombian studio Vrokka created Fauna, an artisanal collection that aims to spread awareness about the current risks to Latin America’s biodiversity. By abstracting the essential form of three endangered species from Mexico, Colombia and other parts of Latin America, Fauna acts as a tribute to the region’s extinct and at-risk animals.
The new list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, has been announced, and for the firs time ever, a Colombian restaurant has been included. Since opening her flagship restaurant, Leo, chef Leonor Espinosa has had a great influence on Colombian cuisine and in 2017 she won the title of Latin America’s Best Female Chef. A pioneer in the local movement to promote Colombian cuisine by showcasing its rarest and most unknown ingredients, Leo is the female equivalent of Peru’s Gaston Acurio.
Since April, we’ve been featuring a series of monthly posts on topics related to design trends, branding, and Latin American identity, contributed by Medellín-based design and strategy studio ImasD. The studio’s third contribution comes from Manuela Abreu, Research & Project Manager at ImasD. Designer by profession and researcher by passion, Manuela conducts research and analysis focused on human behavior. In her work, she has led user-centered design processes and given both local and international talks and workshops. grupoimasd.com