Three days of fashion in Bogotá kicks off Wednesday with the second edition of B Capital, presenting the collections of 70 national designers, as well as emerging talent.

The designer in charge of opening the event is Kika Vargas, the Bogotá-based designer who worked for Missoni after studying at the famous fashion school Istituto Maragoni in Milan and Art Institute of Chicago. The scenography of Vargas’ collection is in hands of creative Laura Villegas and who recently mesmerized audiences in the Teatro Colón with her Macbeth-meets-Mad Max art direction.

The merge of Villegas’ stage bravado and design coquettishness of Vargas promises to be most unconventional and breaks the mold of a traditional “let’s observe the catwalk” experience.

On the final day of the three day fashion event – culminating Oct 21 – design duo Francisco Leal and Karen Daccarett present “El Bonito” – a spring/autumn collection that tributes the fishermen and sun-washed villages of the Colombian Caribbean coast.

B Capital is the pinnacle of three fashion pillars – B Smart, B Fashion and B Cool.

B Fashion is the main fashion component of an event that presents the talents of leading designers and be a raw, urban scenario to promote the promising proposals of young up-and-coming talent.

In addition to the staging of Kika Vargas’ “A tempo: sculpture in four movements” and “El Bonito” by Leal Daccarett; two great exponents of Colombia’s fashion industry Ricardo Pava and Olga Piedrahita will present their collections.

The ready-to-wear Arkitect label contracted Medellín-based Olga Piedrahita to design prêt-à-porter with comfort, movement and freedom with shorts, skinny jeans, baggy pants, dresses, blouses, shoes and accessories. Piedrahita’s fashion imprint is based on a series of floral prints designed for women and at pieces that combine production with her experience as a couture romanticist. This alliance between a big label and the tailor-made represents a step forward for Arkitect in its effort to democratize street wear in Colombia, and for Piedrahita, to leave her seal of excellence on the fast-changing dynamics of the  manufacturing industry.

Designer Ricardo Pava with sleek cuts and lineal fashion will also present his most recent collection, as well as relative newcomer Rubén Antorveza of the Bastardo design house.

B Capital also welcomes this year Belgian Berni Ottjes to the Centro Creativo Textura industrial complex of Puente Aranda. As artistic director of L’Oréal Professionnel, Ottjes will present a hair spectacle with Hair Fashion Show, captivating fans with coiffure trends, styling and makeup tips with Maybelline products.

Modern themes, timeless motifs and trendsetting fashion in an urban setting is at the fashion core of Inexmoda’s event for Bogotá and a city where fashion has to be functional for both the office and street. But it’s not all about big names and the merging of artistic proposals with off-runway affordability. Young talent is also a centerpiece at this event with 5×5 a collective show by five designers with five different collections. Invited to participate are Orozco Clothing, Urbano Project, Vásquez y García, El Origen del Mundo, Oropéndola, Mar de Rosas, Alexandra Bueno, Velásquez Studio, Papel de Punto and La Couture Maison.

Italy’s Diesel, represented in Colombia, is another of the attractions of B Capital and will have its own terrace where attendees will find everything from a brand that represents warrior-bold fashion with lifestyle.

The academic element of B Capital is represented in B Smart and a chance for industry experts to interact with aspiring designers and students of the art.

Finally, where’s fashion if we can’t B Cool? In this happening you can lounge by a bar, sample fashion-inspired food, snack at a food truck, listen to groove and browse the Pop Up Store B, where 50 designers and brands will showcase their designs with prices to boost your wardrobe.

B Capital 2016, raises the bar with new and alternative looks for fashion-aware Bogotanos and an opportunity to connect for three marathon days with different aspects of an industry that’s buzzing for Bogotá.

So be smart, cool and collected for all the innovative collections that showcase the best of what’s in store for the street-savvy couture for our capital.

Centro Creativo Textura –  Cra 54 No.5C-33