Born in Bogota’, Colombia, to Colombian painter Valentino Cortazar and British singer Dominique Vaughan, Esteban Cortazar grew up in Miami, Florida. His exposure to different cultures from a very early age translates into his fashion creations, which blend together the vivid colours of South America, the warm tartans of the British isles and the flowing silhouettes of carefree Ibiza, executed with the precision of Parisian haute couture.
Viewing fashion as a “powerful theatre of self-expression”, Cortazar’s striking designs quickly attracted the attention of the who’s who in the fashion world, who stocked his creations in the most prestigious stores in the world. Soon afterwards, Cortazar made history when he became, at the tender age of 18, the youngest designer to show during New York Fashion Week.
These days, Cortazar showcases his latest collection at Paris Fashion Week, having moved to the city of lights in 2007 to work at the luxury house of Emanuel Ungaro, where he perfected his talents and craftsmanship. Dubbed by Vogue as “the most uninhibited designer showing in Paris”, Cortazar’s collections often center on two opposing ideas: restricting the body and free movements. As a result, his aesthetic has become synonymous with slick, sculptured lines that flow with ease and grace as the body moves.
His signature aesthetic shone throughout his F/W17 collection, which paid an obvious nod to his mothers’ native country: a plethora of tartans in jewel green, deep blue, blood red and snowy white swept through the catwalk. Oversize painted denim and transparent knits also contrasted with flowy dresses and skirts in a patchwork of materials that showed off the designer’s most playful side and his unrestrained creativity.
The most standout pieces were embellished with huge shearling collars and cuffs that clearly pushed the limits, taking wearable fashion to a whole new level. This isn’t a collection for the faints of heart; each piece is designed to make a woman stand out from the crowd, embrace her diversity and express her free spirit in the powerful theatre of life.