From Lucky Cheng's restaurant where he celebrated his 12th birthday surrounded by drag queens to the mix of the Latin culture boom, Versace and the rise of supermodels. Esteban Cortázar's eyes light up when he remembers the last years of the 20th century, which defined his way of understanding the world that he now relives in his new collection together with Desigual. “It's about remembering your roots, where you come from, and especially as a child when you feel so curious and open and ready to embark on your life,” he explains about the new collection, in which we find a revival of South's Beach photographic legacy by Andy Sweet, a vindication of a simpler and more relaxed lifestyle, and a carefree celebration of summer.
Printed dresses, colourful outfits and pieces with history and soul are found in the collaboration that has just been unveiled, according to Cortázar's vision in which aesthetics must always be accompanied by stories and experiences that bring meaning. “They gave me so much liberty, and I hope to be part of a new chapter for the brand that will attract a new generation of like-minded people!,” he comments on the creative process with the brand that has previously collaborated with creators such as Miranda Makaroff or Monsieur Christian Lacroix, and of which he does not hesitate to highlight the authenticity and its own personality.
It is precisely these values that have defined the career of the Colombian designer, who has decided to do things at his own pace, dissociating himself from rigid calendars, betting instead on the creative experience. “I have several new collaborations in the works that I will share are, but mostly living in the now!”