• Designers Diego Guarnizo, Annaiss Yucra, Cindy Castro and Paulina Anda exhibited three fashion stories inspired by second chances, Latin American rock and women farmers.
• The fashion proposal ranged from commercial garments with handcrafted details, light and feminine silhouettes, testing with textiles and handmade techniques.
- Designers Diego Guarnizo, Annaiss Yucra, Cindy Castro and Paulina Anda exhibited three fashion stories inspired by second chances, Latin American rock and women farmers.
- The fashion proposal ranged from commercial garments with handcrafted details, light and feminine silhouettes, testing with textiles and handmade techniques.
- The evening was divided into two fashion moments: the runway and the auction of six dresses, which funds will go to various NGOs working to prevent violence against women.
July 2021. Medellin shined during the night of July 27 as the doors of the special edition of Colombiatex+Colombiamoda 2021 opened with the inaugural runway show “Mira de Nuevo” (Look Again) by Diego Guarnizo for AVON Foundation for Women. This moment represented the return to on-site fashion shows and the beginning of a program that will alternate the physical and digital formats, during three days dedicated to intensely living fashion. The inaugural runway was in charge of four representatives of Latin American talent, who unveiled their collections in an emotional and hopeful ceremony that promotes a strong cause: the rejection of gender violence.
The opening was in charge of Colombian Diego Guarnizo who represented: “Mira de Nuevo” (Look Again), a story about second chances. The collection had a total of 40 looks that focused on giving women a complete range of options to create flexible and day-to day outfits. The designer used skirts, dresses in different lengths, pants and jackets which translated into easy-to-wear silhouettes, characterized by the handcrafted details that represent the designer’s language.
This time, Diego chose the butterfly and moth as graphic symbols and the connectors of his collection. He used colors like blue, orange and pink and gave them a powdery effect. Accessories such as woven purses and rings, filigree earrings and bead ornaments were also important. Once the runway show was over, the collection was launched for sale on the designer’s website: www.diegoguarnizo.com.
The evening continued and it was Annaiss Yucra´s turn, a peruvian designer and a bearer of women’s activism, whose work captures her constant experimentation with new tools and alternative materials. Annaiss presented Pachamama Fall/Winter 2021, a collection inspired by the documentary “Mothers of The Land”, which tells the story of five women from the Andean highland who are dedicated to agriculture.
Her risky approach included a wide variety of textiles; from woven fabric, smart fabrics, jacquards and textile compost, this last one is a mixture of organic cotton in small quantities with stronger fibers. In terms of silhouettes, the designer proposed deconstructed garments which contrasted with oversize styles, straight dresses, one-piece dresses, wide jackets, bodysuits and the play of garment over garment. She stood out with her proactive work of weaving, dresses and tights, an electric pastel color palette and her stamping work.
To end this first fashion segment, the Ecuadorian designers Cindy Castro and Paulina Anda joined the show with their proposals for clothing and footwear respectively. Cindy Castro’s Resort 2022 proposal was inspired by the music of Latin American singers such as Natalia Lafourcade, Julieta Venegas, Andrea Echeverri and Catalina García.
A collection of feminine essence, dominated by dresses, silhouettes that played with the body in fabrics such as light silks, linens and sustainable viscose, textures in which subtle details of brightness and timeless prints were appreciated. Precisely the intention of the designer is to provide women with pieces that endure in the closet. In terms of color, the show went from day to night describing a sunset; at the beginning, warm tones, earth, clay and white were appreciated, then gave way to peaches and pinks, to finish with intense colors such as fuchsia.
A fundamental aspect of this runway was the footwear, in charge of designer Paulina Anda, who with her brand Makiatto gave an ultra-feminine touch to this fashion story. Consisted of twenty designs, including sandals and open shoes of medium height with triangular, square and round shapes. The shoes were created with a mix of the materials used in the garments and leather, they are the perfect match for a summer and sophisticated proposal. After the runway show, Cindy Castro’s Resort 2022 collection was launched for sale on her website: www.cindycastro.com.
The second highlight of the evening was the auction of six dresses donated to the Avon Foundation by Diego Guarnizo, Annaiss Yucra, Cindy Castro, Silvia Tcherassi, Johanna Ortiz and Beatriz Camacho. The auction was directed by Ricardo Barreneche, expert in this type of events, whose charisma, spontaneity and energy, generated among the crowd the right atmosphere and enthusiasm to live with emotion a fashion auction with a social purpose. . A cause that, for the past four years, the Avon Foundation for Women has been making visible at Colombiamoda through runways and social events like this one, where they send a message against gender violence and raise awareness that positively transform harmful behaviors in our society.
Each of the dresses was exhibited by six models, which made it possible to appreciate in detail the imprint of the garments and their author’s mark. The bidding became more intense with Silvia Tcherassi’s design, which closed the auction at 20 million pesos. The funds raised will go to various NGOs working to prevent violence against women.
In such a way the opening night of Colombiatex + Colombiamoda 2021 ended, an event that bets on the reactivation of the textile, clothing and fashion industry in Latin America and whose calendar will be extended physically until July 29 at Plaza Mayor and digitally, in its business component, until August 6.