Sum­mer in the city

Her South Amer­i­can home in­spires Johanna Ortiz’s lat­est cap­sule col­lec­tion

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Johanna Ortiz’s ruf­fle-fes­tooned, puff-sleeved dresses have a way of mak­ing their wear­ers the belles of any ball from LA to Paris – but the Colom­bian de­signer keeps her in­spi­ra­tion closer to her heart, de­sign­ing and pro­duc­ing all her col­lec­tions in her home town of San­ti­ago de Cali. For her lat­est project, an ex­clu­sive cap­sule range for mytheresa. com, Ortiz en­vis­aged the wardrobe for a week­end get­away to Carta­gena. The polka-dot and trop­i­cal-print dresses, tops and skirts (plus a stun­ning white swim­suit) are all evoca­tive of heat and es­capism. ‘For me, Carta­gena is vis­ual po­etry,’ Ortiz says. ‘The essence of the place is a con­duc­tor of cre­ative en­ergy and in­spi­ra­tion. It is the home of mag­i­cal re­al­ism.’ Top, £350, and skirt, £460, from Wed­nes­day, mytheresa.com.

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