When Colombian designer Esteban Cortázar turned the Parisian concept store Colette into a 12-day celebration of his country’s culture, he made a statement that without color and visuals, fashion can be a pretty dreary place.
Cortázar’s symbiotic relationship with visual arts has consolidated his reputation as one of the most promising designers to grace the world’s runways. From his debut at New York Fashion Week at age 17 – the youngest person ever to host a collection – to his taking creative control of Emanuel Ungaro in his early twenties, Cortázar continues to inspire the fashion world.
The Bogotá-born fashion prodigy is coming to his hometown this month to showcase his designs as part of the three-day fashion event B Capital. Organized by the textile and manufacturing promotion entity Inexmoda – same group that every year hosts this country’s most important fashion trade fair, ColombiaModa – B Capital is Bogotá’s window on fashion and business-to-consumer fair.
Having successfully delivered on the promise to give Bogotá catwalks that capture the best in trends, movements, and collections from some of Colombia’s leading designers, B Capital for its third edition has changed venues to deliver an enhanced experience. This year, the aim of Inexmoda is to combine great clothes with moving images. On opening night, Oct 18, Madrid-based designer Carlos Polite presents his namesake POLITE and the ‘I am an Individual’ collection inspired in the importance of identity and sustainability. The Colombian debut is a collaboration with fashion film producers Noir Tribe, whose founders Luis Barreto Carillo and Amber Moelter, share Polite’s eco-ethos.
Based in New York, Noir Tribe creates stunning visual content for the fashion industry and has been featured in prestigious publications such as Vogue Italia, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar and Glamour. “We are bringing together the best in Colombian talent with performance,” says Carlos Eduardo Botero, president of Inexmoda. “Every year we like to identify a specific theme for Bogotá, a city that is diverse and fast-changing in fashion.”
The slate of talent on the catwalk is the show’s headliner and B Fashion takes a front seat on collections by Julieta Suárez, Fucsia, Esteban Cortázar, Pink Filosofy – Arkitect, French Vanilla Lingerie, Aysha Bilgrami, Laura Laurens, to name a few.
The academic element is B Smart and chance for industry experts to interact with students. A Pop Up store offers round-the-clock options to meet designers and purchase those essential tailor-made accessories. In B Cool you can enjoy a slick lounge area, talk shop with experts and hobnob with fellow fashionistas. If you want a “selfie” with your favorite designer, this is the place, and given the amount of media covering B Capital receives, there’s no shortage of photo moments.
B Capital is a see-now-buy-now event, presenting the best in big names and those who create on a shoestring budget. You’ll also be guaranteed stunning visuals with Noir Tribe’s video-performance and photo montage by Raul Higuera. As B Capital gets ready for its art-meets-fashion shows, it not only gives Bogotá a “happening,” but shows us, that style doesn’t depend on a season – especially in a city with all four in one day.
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