Posts in Fashion Design
Highlights of Colombiamoda, Days 2 & 3

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.

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Highlights of Colombiamoda, Day 1

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.

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Johanna Ortiz opens Colombiamoda no. 30 with 'Caprice'

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.

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5 things you can’t miss at Colombiamoda 2019

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.

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How this new brand is introducing Canadians to Latin American fashion

In November of 2019, Elana Hazghia launched Sania: Canada’s first curated collection of contemporary, conscious fashion from Latin America. Why do this? Because it didn’t exist. Elana wanted to expose Canadians to a rarely-seen side of Latin America that she’s come to personally know and love, shattering stereotypes of what it means to create well-made, ethical fashion from Latin America.

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Concept Stores Part 5: Cartagena, Colombia

Our series on concept stores selling Latin American goods continues today in Cartagena, Colombia, the vacation capital and coastal gem of the country. While they say the best time to visit is usually Christmas or New Year’s, Cartagena enjoys relatively cooler weather until about April, which means there’s still time to make it your next travel destination. And if you’re wondering what the shopping scene for local goods is like, here are our top three spots for discovering Colombian design in all its diversity.

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Net-A-Porter's Colombian Collective brings together a cache of exclusive designs

Just this month, Net-A-Porter launched The Colombian Collective, a curation of brands and exclusive capsule collections from designers tied to this South American country’s flourishing design scene. Participating labels include Johanna Ortiz, Silvia Tcherassi, Esteban Cortazar, Carolina Santo Domingo, Castaner x Mercedes Salazar, Mallarino, Bibi Marini, Verdelimón, Verdi, Muzungu Sisters, Hunting Season, Magnetic Midnight and Lazy Poet.

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10 Latin American brands to wear this summer

With the arrival of summer comes a longing for the tropics, a desire partly satisfied by donning bold florals, colorful statement earrings, and woven beach totes inspired by South America. Thankfully, Latin America is having a major moment in fashion, and with Colombiamoda (Colombia’s fashion week) just around the corner, we’ve curated a selection of designers that will bring South American sizzle to any summer wardrobe.

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