Cortazar’s AW17 collection rotates in a gorgeous collection of oceanic colours (deep blues, velvety greens and silky purples) alongside luscious, warmer hues of purples and reds with the occasional strip of white or black strip to tie the collection together or the occasional block colour statement piece thrown in.
The collection appears at least to be separated into the tartans, the paisleys, the cut-outs and one or two particularly astonishing monochromatic pieces (the closing white dress and a full Canadian tuxedo romper). To cite Vogue’s Amy Verner – the surprising element of tartan comes from a British ancestry through Cortazar’s maternal side. We see the young designer play with his gorgeous patterns, alternating certain patterns as the main fabric of some pieces or as trimmings to complement other patterns on others.
The show opened with an all-pattern piece which comprised of green tartan shoes and dress, blue tartan tights, and a green tartan jacket with paisley arms (and paisley accoutrements). The next few looks demonstrated how to wear such bold patterns in am every-day way – matching the tartan and paisley designs with monochromatic beige leathers skirts or white knit-wear tops to match patterned trousers. A true lesson in how to bring more than just a pop of colour to make a serious outfit more funky with elegance. That isn’t to say however that Cortazar played it safe – there are also cut-out pieces which also incorporate cross-hatching of different paisley patterns and colour schemes stitched together. Through balance and measure Cortazar manages to make whats sounds like it should be an eye-sore look absolutely phenomenal.