Last week, we touched down in Medellín, Colombia, for the country’s 26th annual Colombiamoda Fashion Week, presented by Inexmoda. It was a whirlwind week of fashion, red-carpet reviews, and front-row sightings, with everything from the mega-production runway shows to the exceptional emerging talent. We sopped up these South American designers’ styles, and present the top trends we're bringing home with us to wear on the streets of South Beach.
Casual ready-to-wear separates looked comfy and chic in striking black-and-white patterns offset with pops of navy, denim, and rich khakis. Update your daytime duds with statement-making monochromatic prints in linear and asymmetric shapes, as seen at Camilo Álvarez for Arkitect.
The Bold Shoulder
Shoulders were the feature du jour throughout many presentations. They arrived wrapped, draped, exaggerated, swaddled, caped, structured, and naked. At Natalia Londoño, prominent shoulders anchored otherwise loose silhouettes, offering many looks a strong architectural feel while still retaining a soft wearability.
Transparency with an Edge
It seems there’s a new approach to the see-through trend that A-listers Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez made popular at this year’s Met Gala. At Colombiamoda, designers forwent the strategically placed appliqués and opted for simply transparent frocks, with lace, mesh, and gauzy numbers layered over bodysuits or high-waisted intimates bottoms.
Flounce—from the shoulders to the ankles—lent a sophisticated take on sensuality at this year’s shows. Perfect for South Florida’s balmy summer evenings, a structured crop top with a high-waisted, tiered skirt for some extra kick will do well here, as seen in designer Johanna Ortiz’s 2015 collection.
We’re not afraid to don bright hues in Miami, from sun up to sundown. At Pepa Pombo, jewel-toned, pixilated florals and geometric prints mixed and matched with deconstructed tribal themes. The trick to try this at home? Stay within one color scheme so you don’t get to outfit overstimulation.