“The idea for my label came from my profound connection to my country and upbringing,” Andres Otalora tells me. “The rich tapestry of Latin culture and history are a wellspring of inspiration, and Colombia in particular, with its vibrant colours, diverse landscapes and cultural heritage has had a pivotal role in shaping my design aesthetic.” Otalora is talking to me about his eponymous label, on the eve of its launch into New Zealand, exclusively at Muse.
For Otalora, creating confident, feminine clothes for women who are unafraid of making a statement has earned him a global reputation and has made his pieces highly sought-after. What makes Otalora’s designs truly unique, is his thoughtful, considered approach, and the way in which he infuses each piece with elements of his heritage. “Inspiration for my collections usually starts with an aspect of Latin or Colombian culture,” he tells me, “we research the historic and contemporary elements of that, sketch out designs and then work with skilled artisans and craftspeople to bring them to life.”
From his exquisite prints to his structured corsets that unfurl on the body like the petals of a flower, Otalora’s designs are undeniably elegant, universally flattering and head-turning in a subtle, sophisticated way.
Now available exclusively at Muse, Andres Otalora is exactly what you’ll want to wear over the coming season.