Learn these designers’ names ASAP. WGSN Associate Editor Laura Yiannakou shares her top picks for S/S 16.
From Brazil to Colombia, Latin America is home to an impressive roster of cutting-edge design talents. Below I’ve selected my favourite ones to watch.
Colombian brand Polite was founded as a family business back in 1995, originally as a swimwear line. In 2010 Carlos Polite became the artistic director of the brand and expanded the line into apparel. The brand now strives to maintain a “true expression of unique style, giving Polite character and visibility within the world of fashion”.
Brazilian brand Mocha was founded in 2013 by Rio-based entrepreneur Lily Taira, with the addition of designer Anne Voss who is responsible for the styling and aesthetics of the brand. Together they design for the woman who “seeks beautiful, durable and versatile clothes, able to be worn day and night”. Prints are romantic and feminine, balanced with clean and contemporary cuts. Mocha is now stocked in various locations in Brazil as well as Melbourne in Australia.
Roberto Sanchez is a Mexican designer with a youth-driven, directional aesthetic. For his S/S 16 collection, he was inspired by the wild – mixing raw linens with statement-making zebra prints and experimental shapes. Roberto Sanchez is stocked online as part of the WWLTD collective, who “serve as an open door for the world to experience a young, emerging Mexican culture”.
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