5 Colombian Designers That Should Be On Your Radar

Colombiamoda, Colombia’s annual fashion week, opened its catwalk to some of the industry's top designers of the country. The breathtaking city of Medellin has once again hosted Latin America's biggest fashion event: a three-day event filled with textiles, beautiful women, and talent. 

This year the show welcomed more than 13,000 international buyers from over 55 countries which brought business opportunity from Colombiamoda to around $300 million. Of course, we can't forget amazing Colombian-born designers, such as Andrés Pajón and Maria Elena Villamil, that are helping set trends worldwide.

Here are five Colombian designers who are taking the lead in the fashion world.  

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1. Andrés Pajón

Hands down one of our favorite designers, Andrés Pajón, brought sexy to a whole other level. This year the collection was brought to life with an array of Spanish fringes, rayon, lamé, metallic netting, and silk organza. We can definitely picture Jennifer Lopez rocking her Latin curves in one of Pajón designs in the future.

2. Banco de Bogotá - Jorge Duque

Looks like rock glam is making its way to spring/summer next year. The use of unconventional materials such as PVC and glass fibers is something, Jorge Duque, was not afraid to utilize. The designer strategically layered mesh and fabrics to give blouses volume and texture.

3. Maria Elena Villamil

Known for her avant-garde designs, Maria Elena Villamil, brought the past to the 21st century. Her collection, which was presented at the closing runway, was inspired by the pictorial Impressionistic movement of the 19th century. The garments were highlighted with beautiful blues and greens that focused on femininity and elegance. 

4. Pepa Pombo by Mónica Holguín

This year Pepa Pombo inaugurated Latin America's biggest fashion show with one of the hottest catwalks of the event. The brand, which is now under the realms of daughter Mónica Holguín, focused on layered pieces that could be easily transitioned during the summer. The collection brought a palette of tropical colors that were embroidered in every hip-hugging silhouette.

5. Vivimos Pacíficamente + Juan Pablo Socarrás

Juan Pablo Socarrás embraced his roots in the best way possible. The designer teamed up with victims of conflict in Colombia to promote their craft. The collection was highly influenced by bringing artisan-inspired designs to high fashion.