“It’s this feminine, effortlessly sexy woman, [who’s] empowered. We gave a little bit of this freshness for this new woman, which is what she needs after months at home; it’s the evolution of all of us from this time,” designer Johanna Ortiz remarked over Zoom from her new office in Cali, Colombia.
For her latest collection, the designer infused her signature femininity and flare into her most sensual collection to date. In lieu of ruffles, volume and brightly colored prints (which she still offers, but has been pared down in recent offerings) were body-hugging silhouettes, ruched bodysuits, intriguing cutouts and a continuation of versatile occasionwear in an earthy palette derived from spice markets.
The collection was a result of Ortiz’s recent time spent at her home in Miami, Fla. The glamorous 1950s architecture and the city’s sensual Latin spirit were noted as key inspirations during her travels.
To push sensuality, Ortiz focused on simplifying silhouettes. Halter-style necks and keyhole cutouts were prevalent throughout, as seen on ultra-chic, easy bodysuits with sarong-style or chic suiting skirts, as well as a variety of midi dresses with drop raffia fringe hems (offered in monochromatic options or printed with a hand-painted Australian Aboriginal dot print palm leaf motif). The slim-fitting silhouettes extended from fluid frocks to tops and midi skirts, all of which felt super-fresh and cohesive across fabrications — linen, organic cotton, FSC-certified viscose, lyocell and more. (There was even a little black Studio 54-esque fringed silk number.)
Signature lovebird, palm and orchid motifs, as well as artisanal touches and accessories tied in Ortiz’s signature bohemian flare blended nicely, while new separates — a standout cotton-blend polo, or checkered and striped casual suiting — pushed the needle forward for day. The collection offered a sweet but sultry balance between effortless and elegance.