This month I have decided to introduce a new feature where I spotlight a Latin American or Spanish talent in the fashion industry. The plan is to make this a monthly occurrence that you’ll love!
Anyway, this month’s spotlight falls on Christian Cota, a Mexican designer who burst onto the scene in 2007 with his Spring 2008 collection. Though he studied painting in Paris, Cota found his niche in fashion and graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2005 .
He has received critical acclaim and his designs have been featured in many magazines such as Vogue Mexico. Many celebrities and socialites have been seen in his clothes. He was awarded the Fashion Group International’s Women’s Ready to Wear Rising Star Award in 2009 and was named a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award finalist in 2010.
His latest collection for fall 2011 was inspired by mountaineers and mountain-area denizens such as Tibetans, and mixed useful design details such as snap-off sleeves with luxury fabrics such as fox fur and leather. Women’s Wear Daily said “Cota managed to pull it off in a chic and sophisticated way.” He even teamed up with Aldo a lá Julian Louie to create the tough-chic shoes featured in the show. My favorite collection of his is the Spring 2011 collection. It features some beautifully cut and draped white, nude, and printed pieces in floaty silhouettes. The Christian Cota line is carried in Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales in New York, and a number of boutiques throughout the U.S. and abroad.