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Colombia’s fashion scene is booming, but there’s no standard quite as high as the city’s vibrant capital, Bogotá. and This country’s fashion events, designers and boutique stores are setting trends of their own, and here are the names you need to know about.
Colombia has a plethora of fabulous designers peppered across its cities. Locations like Bogotá, and the up and coming Metropolitan City of Medellín are currently paving the way for South American fashion talent the world over.
Laura Aparicio was born in Bogotá and studied fashion at a top school in Milan. She splits her time between Bogotá, Milan and Paris, and has worked for a variety of high profile brands. In 2016, Laura launched her own fashion brand called eponymous. Its’ a brand that offers free-flowing, contemporary pieces aimed at modern, feminine women.
Although Haider Ackermann was born in Bogotá, he was adopted by French parents at a young age and has lived in various countries ever since. Hailed as the ‘New Yves Saint Laurent’, Haider’s fashion background includes interning for John Galliano of Dior! His collections include bold colours, contrasting fabrics, drapes and layers, and his designs have been worn by celebs like Penelope Cruz, Victoria Beckham and Kanye West.
With painter and jazz musician parents, Esteban Cortazar was born into a family of creativity from the get-go. His mother, father and grandmother inspired him to pursue fashion, and the rest, as they say, is history. His slick, sculptured pieces are tempered by ease, grace and flow, with many pieces featuring a hybrid of two contrasting movements. It’s these innovative designs that make Esteban the youngest ever fashion designer to be invited to New York Fashion Week, at the young age of 18. He currently resides in Paris and Vogue has named him ‘the most uninhibited designer showing in Paris’. Impressive.