Colombian designer Silvia Tcherassi is quite established already — she has 15 stores throughout South America, Spain and Miami. In Cartagena, Colombia, she and her husband own two hotels in the historic district, both of which Tcherassi designed. “I have been doing this for over 20 years, but I did it the opposite way. Most designers start by having a presence in stores whereas I started doing everything vertically. The retail stores, home collections, restaurants, hotels — it’s all a family business. Now, we are completely focused on the wholesale market and on our e-commerce, finding the right stores for the collection,” she said.
Tcherassi’s designs pioneered that Latin flair, which seems to be very desirable now but with a particular sense of ease and elegance — think feminine shirts done in luxurious cottons with voluminous sleeve details, floral silk robes lined in contrasting prints, deconstructed trenches, easy silk maxi dresses in polka dot prints and playful bralettes to layer with. “I was very inspired by nature, earth, I love textures and workmanship — mixing patterns. Shirts are my passion — they have always been my trademark,” she said.
Also noteworthy were the fabulous birdcage-inspired bags made by local Colombian artisans, with whom Tcherassi collaborates regularly.
See More From the 2018 Resort Collections:
Giorgio Armani Resort 2018: Contrasting forces emerged in Giorgio Armani’s resort collection, which spanned from eclectic, multicolor designs to essential, sophisticated attires.
Norma Kamali Resort 2018: Norma Kamali offered an extensive resort collection where she updated her signature pieces and expanded on her outerwear and swim.
Rachel Zoe Resort 2018: Rachel Zoe’s resort collection was guided by a cool, Sixties undertone with a modern, sculptural interpretation.
Lela Rose Resort 2018: The designer showed a charming resort collection of garden party-ready wares, which included pearls inset in sleeves and lace-up grosgrain details.
Altuzarra Resort 2018: Joseph Altuzarra referenced Patrick Bateman and the French countryside for a resort collection full of newness and some risks.