The catwalks were awash with a strong Latin American vibe this coming spring/summer season – think ruffled blouses, flamenco style skirts, shots of black and red. While the look can be found in numerous designer collections, our favourite interpretation comes from the much-talked about Colombian designer Johanna Oritz.
Johanna isn’t exactly a new kid on the block. She studied fashion in the US at prestigious schools including Parsons School of Design before returning home to Colombia to start her eponymous label in 2001. This year however she has gone global and her clothes have quickly became a streetstyle favourite thanks to her sexy yet elegant designs and couture flourishes.
Oritz cites the Colombian landscape as a frequent source of inspiration – cue plenty of vivid colours such as red, blue and green which add a modern twist to her structured silhouettes. Her spring collection for example includes shirts with asymmetrical necklines revealing the shoulders (trend alert!) and ruffled sleeves. Her skirts are even sexier and come covered in sharp origami-style folds or feature cascades at the front bringing to mind Salsa dancers.
It’s modern and fiery – just the way we like it!