Runway: Colombiamoda

On the heels of Brazil, Colombia is shaping up to be the next big creative capital for intimates and swimwear, giving birth to some of our favorite labels like Touché, Stola and Malha. Now in its 22nd year, Colombiamoda is the region’s foremost fashion event, spotlighting the best Latin America has to offer via runway shows and a trade fair in the important textile city of Medellín, Colombia.

As a chief component of Colombia’s fashion industry, there was plenty of lingerie and swimwear featured on the catwalks of Colombiamoda. (First two from the left) As expected, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada – think: Spain’s equivalent to Betsey Johnson – lit up the stage in a theatrical show filled with vibrant colors, eye-catching prints and childlike whimsy. (Center) Talented fashion students showed off their sexy, innovative ideas in a show sponsored by Chocolyne. (Right two) Agua Bendita remixed their hippie-grunge aesthetic with Thai-inspired elephants, sari prints and festive trims.

Amulette is one of Colombia’s most-beloved lingerie brands and quickly winning over an international audience at stores like Anthropologie and Journelle. This season, designer Johanna Isaac balanced lacy chemises and flouncy sets with active-inspired silhouettes and color blocking. Prints remained a strong point in the collection, taking the form of painterly feathers and desert vistas that gave vintage-inspired pieces a modern allure.

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