Johanna Ortiz’a pre-fall assortment, titled “Soledad,” brought forth a fresh, earthy feel to her signature romance.
While Ortiz’s collections are continually inspired by her surroundings in Cali, Colombia, this season, she brought forth new ideas more graphically. Horses, inspired by her polo-playing sons, and their connection to the sport and animals while away from their classmates and friends during the pandemic, were emblazoned on pieces throughout the collection — in the form of custom cotton ikat printed sets and dresses, as wild horses printed atop frocks, and a few were even woven into a selection of her robust Peruvian knitwear. As tribute to the largest Colombian rainforest national park, Serranía de Chiribiquete, Ortiz depicted ancient drawings and scripts inside the Guaviare, Amazones into graphic motifs; the Colombian national palm tree was also displayed within a western sun motif. Although the lineup was more print and motif-forward than recent collections, Ortiz’s replacement of blooms for other earthy elements made for a nice contrast against her feminine shapes.
Silhouette-wise, Ortiz upped the romantic ease, emphasizing soft balloon sleeves and fluidity over her previous frills, alongside fresh leather fashions. The designer continued developing versatile options through tie-details to reveal or cover-up the body, as well as through more relaxed sets, dresses and separates to dress up or down. The collection offered a serene, earthy feel through palette and fabric — Ortiz noted the collection was mostly made of organic, certified and eco-friendly fabrics, like organic cotton — combined with special Colombian touches. Even Ortiz’s most pared down offering, a sophisticated black dress with raffia trim, nodded to this sensibility.
In addition to the main collection, Ortiz debuted “Vacation.” “It’s the Johanna Ortiz version of the girl who wants to go to the beach,” the designer quipped. Vacation was designed as an extension of the mainline collection, with a focus on destination through swimwear and coverups in lighter fabrics, such as cotton voile. Sitting below Ortiz’s collection price point, Vacation is priced from about $350 (average for swimwear) to $950 (for coverups).