At age 17, he was the youngest-ever designer to show at New York Fashion Week. And by 23, he was named creative director of Emanuel Ungaro. Meet fashion’s prodigy: Colombian-American Esteban Cortazar. Since returning his namesake label to the runway in 2013, the Miami native has come into his own with the same aplomb of his precocious debut. For spring, Cortazar’s unique spins on sleek elegance veer towards a street-style party girl vibe. The spontaneous energy of club-going revelers comes through in bodycon knit dresses, metallic leather gilets, and sweaters that nod to the texture of chain jewelry, as a chunky python jacket and slashed jersey dress exude a sense of nocturnal abandon. Topping off the collection: crystal-encrusted platform sandals. We’ve definitely found next season’s dusk-to-dawn wardrobe.
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