Motivated in part by supporting Latin American creative talent in Paris, and also to honor Colombia for its support of Venezuelans suffering because of the decisions of Nicolas Maduro’s regime, Carmen hosted a dinner during Paris Fashion Week at industry favorite, Caviar Kaspia. Attendees included fashion designers Esteban Cortazar and Johanna Ortiz, jewelry designer Paula Mendoza, Farfetch Chief Fashion Officer Holli Rogers, Business of Fashion founder and CEO Imran Amed, e-commerce and retail entrepreneur Aizel Trudel, Editor in Chief of Vogue Mexico and Latin America, Karla Martinez de Salas; Editor in Chief of L’Officiel Mexico, Brenda Diaz de la Vega; accessories designer Daniel Rueda-Sandoval, and luxury fashion consultant Roopal Patel.
Colombia has certainly been making its mark on the fashion scene the past few years both at home and abroad. From Silvia Tcherassi, Nancy Gonzalez, and Johanna Ortiz, to Paris-based Esteban Cortazar, Florence-based Edgardo Osorio and NYC-based jewelry designer Paula Mendoza, this wave of Colombian designers spans an aesthetic that stays true to country's tropical and exuberant roots, to a much broader, more avant-garde DNA. You can read more about top Colombian designers here.
L-R: Luxury Fashion Consultant Roopal Patel, Colombian designer Johanna Ortiz, Business of Fashion founder Imran Amed.
In addition to welcoming thousands of misplaced Venezuelans, Colombia also played host to Richard Branson’s Venezuela Aid Live concert several weeks ago. Inspired by the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, and by Live Aid, and how they both moved the world to action, the free concert was staged in the Colombian border city of Cúcuta and live-streamed across the globe. It featured a line-up of over 35 international and regional artists, 370,000 people attended and online donations totalled nearly USD $2.5 million in the first days after the concert.