Monthly Archives: July 2016

Preparing for Colombiamoda: Thoughts on Fashioning Latin America

Johanna Ortiz, Cali Exposhow 2015

With Colombiamoda (Colombia’s annual fashion week) just around the corner, I have been thinking a lot lately on the state of fashion both in the country and the broader region of Hispanic America. Although my thoughts on the matter have evolved as I develop a more critical, studied, perspective with my increasing knowledge of the field, two common threads don’t change at all: First, that Colombian (and Latin American) fashion has a great potential of appealing to cosmopolitan consumers from different places and of providing the international fashion market with world-class goods; and second, that there is a strong need to develop a more critical approach, in which we talk about fashion as a local phenomenon, within its own context.

Here are some of my thoughts, a short reflection on the topic I wrote about 18 months ago.

Style Reflections: On Wearing Bright Colors

Style Reflections: On Wearing Bright Colors

One of my favorite ways of researching fashion is documenting and reflecting on my own dress practices. In doing so, I undergo a process of introspection where I question not just the actual clothes I choose to wear—both on the day to day and on special occasions—but also the reasons that lie behind those choices. It is a process of self-ethnography that allows me to explore the relationship between my own body, its material extension in clothing, and the social context in which it lives.

Dolce & Gabbana’s Sophia Loren

Dolce & Gabbana A/W 2016 Couture - Sophia Loren

Born in 1934, Sophia Loren was destined to greatness, becoming a film star at the age of 15 and, soon after, crowning herself as the Italian muse par excellence of generations of men and women, who continue to venerate her after more than 80 years of her life. Never too shy to wear bold accessories, a daring dress with rich patterns, or her staple colored glasses, Sophia Loren has become much more than a famous Italian actress; she is, in many ways, the image of Italian style, of its powerful women, of the colorful beauty of its landscapes, of the sparkling character of its peoples.

No wonder why Dolce & Gabbana inspired their latest Alta Moda collection on this eternal muse…

Fendi, Trevi Fountain and the Magic of Italian Heritage

Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld in Alta Moda Rome Trevi Fountain, closing runway

Whoever knows me probably also knows how obsessed I am with Dolce & Gabbana—as a brand—and the way in which the designers perform their Italian-ness in very particular ways with each and every one of their collections. But, in many ways, this outward expression of national identity in fashion design is common to Italian designers and fashion houses… And if anyone has any doubts, let me just mention Fendi’s Alta Moda runway show from last week.

Chanel Couture Fall 2016: Karl Lagerfeld and the Elevation of Craftsmanship

Chanel Couture Fall 2016 by Karl Lagerfeld

One of my favourite months in the seemingly nonstop fashion calendar is July, as it celebrates one of its most beautiful, artistic facets: haute couture. In this occasion━and probably, surprising no one━Karl Lagerfeld’s runway show for Chanel included a whole performance revolving around the collection. But this time, rather than the eccentricities brought together by the Chanel brasserie or the quirky supermarket he brought to life in past collections, Lagerfeld revived a more nostalgic phase of fashion, constructing his performance around the whole atelier Chanel, and bringing some of his petites mains━the ‘small (I would say invisible) hands’ of the seamstresses that create the beauty of his designs━to light.