Johanna Ortiz: La Vie D'Une Femme Poète - SS19
Colombian designer Johanna Ortiz first launched her namesake label in 2001 after years of study at Fort Lauderdale’s Art Institute. Throughout the years, the designer has established her brand with signature ruffles and off-the-shoulder silhouettes that embody the vibrant spirits of Latin American culture. Throughout each season, Ortiz has produced collections that have gained her a fanbase that embodies a preference of a more tropical type of elegance.
For Spring Summer ’19, the designer looked to renown French-Japanese woodblock print artist Paul Jacoulet for inspiration. An avid calligrapher and butterfly collector, the artist’s preferred article of clothing had always been kimonos. This along with his day-dreaming scenarios was what set the colour palette for the collection. Included were garden roses, tropical life and the idea of creating pictures of a floating world, crafted from the hands of romantic woman, a poet who wanders between her inner world and le monde extérieur. The collection breathes a breath of feminine and bohemian fresh air as Raffia fabrics bring relaxed tones enhanced by the elegance of tassels. Ortiz’s signature balloon sleeves are of course incorporated with embroidery, pleats and polished cotton. The essential factor of prints are featured all across the collection in garden roses and and polka dots. Each piece is thoughtfully crafted with flows of freedom accompanied by a structured elegance. In collaboration with shoe designer Tabitha Simmons, the designer also manages to communicate these feels throughout a footwear collection of high and low sandals, rose like bows as well as throughout the cultural jewels made in Pre-Colombian gold last wax techniques by Colombian brand Cano + Paula Mendoza.