colombia moda: christian cota
(images via moda el grifo)
okay, so we’ve finally (finally, finally!) come to the end of the road with opt’s first-ever discussion on medellin’s colombia moda, and although i’m sorry that we didn’t always have the time to devote to the much-deserving designers, i’m also very happy we were introduced to some superb new labels, and hopefully next time around, things will be better.
anyway, with that in mind, we’re going to close with the s/s 2013 range of christian cota, a designer who, as far as i understand, actually hails from new york, but was one of colombia’s guest designers this season. and! it actually turns out that mr. cota closed out the event in medellin, as well, so it’s fitting in that respect, too.
so. may i first say i’m quite surprised i’ve never paid more attention to mr. cota’s wares at nyfw? his spring collection (to me, at least) was utterly outstanding, and quite versatile, with beautiful colours and materials. it reminded me of a cross between some of the more ethnic-y leaning shows we’ve seen from around the globe, such as mexico city’s lydia lavin and zagreb’s ana kujundžić.
anyway, the designer’s spring collection, explained la patria (trans.), “was inspired by the Desert or the golden metallic sunsets for this collection, which reveals Cota’s passion for painting, a discipline that he studied in Paris.”
many of the design elements were done by hand, reported el tiempo, such as the hand-painted printed pieces and embroidery. full of plenty of (trans.) “bright colours from metallic orange to pink,” the range was replete with “ethnic prints, all hand-painted…with elegant silks mixed with [other] luxury fabrics.”
yet interestingly—and quite unlike a lot of the other designers we see undertaking ethnic themes, this range was quite diverse in its array of pieces, with the blog moda el grifo pointing out that we saw (trans.) “minidresses, jumpsuits,dresses with asymmetrical cuts and flared pants, some V-necks, and body hugging silhouettes.”
then, too, they pointed out the interesting fact that (again, trans.) “(g)arments were made with the craftsmanship of indigenous women from Valladolid (Mexico), cottons and silks hand-printed by the designer, and illusions of transparency were also featured on the catwalk. Moreover, the wide variety of luxurious textures and a palette of warm colours, reflected the romantic folklore of their land by giving his touch to the wardrobe of the modern woman.”
it was an utterly lovely, wearable collection with plenty of marvelous details, but enough of a foot in the world of modernity to keep the collection urban and contemporary. let’s hope we’re lucky to see the designer again, either in medellin or new york, in the future.