WEEK always consists of something
for everyone to choose from. It is a wonderful dive into an artistic
On September 13, 2011 the Argentine Designers’ fashion show, at
the Stage in Lincoln Center during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, introduced
the spring 2012 collection of six designers. The designers were
selected by New York’s fashion editors and stylists. They had remarkably
chic and elegant looks glow on the runway.
Cardon had an array of colours emerge as it hit the stage to
open the show. The designer, Jose Mutti, had a slightly traditional
approach to his looks and style. The collection was highly influenced
by Argentine culture. From goat suede ponchos to crochet dresses,
every detail profoundly came to life. The traditional approach transformed
into an almost modern appeal.
Cora Groppo (above right)
Prior to having worked for renowned Argentine brands such as Vitamina
and Yagmour, Groppo continued to study the body’s form and begin
to create pieces that virtually fit. Watching each of her pieces
walk down the runway, they presented simplicity that truly hugged
the models at every angle. The designer reveals sophistication and
an almost flirtatious appeal.
The newest amongst the six was Daniela Sartorri. Her collection
emerged with simply lovely designs. They were structured and each
look wonderfully shone on the catwalk.
The Desiderata label, under the direction of designer Carolina Rosales,
had a delightful mix of prints and colours. Models wore an oversized
flower in their long hair; it was an accessory that complemented
each look adding an extra dash of detail to the ensembles.
Marian Dappiano’s pieces were flowing; they were filled with texture
and extremely colourful features. The collection was highly sophisticated
and magnificently daring.
Min Agostini closed the show with chic dresses that flowingly draped
on the body. Her experience as an architect is reflected in the
collection with structural designs and extremely meticulous creativity.
Silk material of various colours hit the stage like a breath of
fresh air. Agostini’s collection was a perfect way to conclude the
show with magnificent shades of pink, orange, yellow and green.
The colours along with the designs were both a treat to the eye.
THE SHOW, we caught up with Agostini (left). She shared
her ideas about her stylish work and also explained to us what fashion
means to her.
Lucire: How do you choose which colours and what style
you want to put together for each collection?
Min Agostini: Well, I really don’t choose it … [Enthusiastically]
I just start buying fabrics that I like … this material, the other
material, I like this colour, the other colour … then I start doing
What would you say your inspiration might be?
I never have an inspiration. I am an architect, so architects are
taught how to think in space, so I don’t do drawings. I just start
designing. I take a piece of fabric and start modelling it on the
body and then something just comes out.
And can you elaborate a bit more about the colours? They are
soothing and very vibrant.
I wanted to do colours. Everything is all sad that I say, ‘OK,
let’s do colours!’ And I start buying fabrics and I see this fabric
and the colour and I say, ‘I like it!’ and then they come together.
I don’t know how but they come together later.
How long does it take you in general to put a collection together?
Well, this collection took three months, but sometimes if I stay
awake at night I can do five or six dresses. I just design them
and pin everything on the mannequins.
As a designer, can you tell us how you define fashion?
Well, I think fashion … just to find yourself and what you like.
I think that it’s so important for people. People don’t have to
follow fashion, they have to find their own way, and they have to
find what fits them the most. They can take something from fashion.
When women wear your designs, how do you want them to feel?
I love when people come to my shop and say, ‘Oh no, I feel fat,
I feel this, I feel that,’ and they just put on the clothes and
they just start looking and moving differently already and I love
that. Since I design on the body everything is very fitting.
Do you have a particular message for young women who want to
expand their horizons in fashion and in their style?
They have to follow what they have inside: just follow your instinct
and you are going to succeed. •