LA­BEL LOVER

ESTE­BAN CORTAZAR

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style News -

Any­one who stages their first show at New York Fash­ion Week at the age of 17 and goes on to be made cre­ative di­rec­tor of lux­ury brand Emanuel Un­garo at just 23 is pretty im­pres­sive. Any­one who gets fired from said ma­jor fash­ion house three years later for re­fus­ing to work with Lind­say Lo­han is, in our book, a bit of a leg­end. Fol­low­ing his de­par­ture, the Paris-based Colom­bian took some time to re­fine his craft and vi­sion be­fore re­launch­ing his own la­bel in 2012 in con­junc­tion with Neta-porter. And, boy, is it fresh! Este­ban bril­liantly jux­ta­poses hard and soft—slick­cut leathers or ex­otic skins are paired with bias-cut ribbed knits—and this sea­son’s in­tro­duc­tion of denim demon­strates his ex­per­tise in sports­wear. The choco­late brown leather dun­ga­rees over a navy knit was an im­mensely wear­able look, while furry-fronted skirts and crys­tal-be­decked jeans were for girls who like their streetwear out there. As with his three pre­vi­ous col­lec­tions, Cortazar fin­ished his line in time for the pre-col­lec­tion buy­ing cy­cle, so re­tail­ers have al­ready placed their or­ders, mean­ing we can get our hands on it twice as quick.

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