Esteban Cortázar marks 20 years in the fashion industry with a revival of his 2002 debut collection
- The designer brings back pieces that mark key moments of the noughties in a nod to the recent popularity of the era in modern fashion
- Iconic designs worn by Paris Hilton, Ashanti and Kim Cattrall available exclusively on FARFETCH
- Prices start from 320 EUR
LONDON, U.K. November 30, 2022 – FARFETCH Limited (NYSE: FTCH), the global destination for modern luxury, today announces the sixth release from FARFETCH BEAT, the new concept retail series that introduces exclusive product experiences to a global audience.
BEAT 006 is an exclusive collection celebrating Esteban Cortázar’s two decades in the fashion industry with the re-release of some of the most iconic pieces from the designer’s debut SS02 runway. The pieces were first showcased by the Colombian designer when he was just 17 years old at NYFW in 2002, when he was new to the fashion world.
The collection is inspired by Miami nightlife and the club scenes of the 1990s and 2000s and the pieces are synonymous with celebrities, TV programmes and cult looks from the era. The iconic designs, which were culture defining at the time, include:
- The Heartbreaker shirred strapless silk dress which FARFETCH’s Spring 2022 #YourChoiceYourFarfech campaign star Kim Cattrall wore a top version in Sex and The City, Season Six in the episode "The Post-It Always Sticks Twice”
- The Rock With You open-back silk chiffon minidress which Singer Ashanti wore for her Chapter II album cover
- The Liquid open-back silk bandeau maxi dress turquoise which Paris Hilton wore at the MTV Music Awards in 2004
The inspiration behind Cortázar’s debut collection is Miami, where the designer grew up and represents the sunny weather, bright colours, latin vibrancy, and positive vibes of the city. The collection comprises of 14 pieces (11 looks) that encapsulate the spirit of the ‘00s, with its fluid and daring silhouettes.
Esteban Cortázar, Designer, said:
“I am so excited to be celebrating 20 years in fashion by bringing back looks from my very first New York fashion show in 2002. It feels like a full circle moment to go back to my roots where it all began to celebrate this milestone moment in my career, in partnership with FARFETCH who have been part of my support system for many years. There is a nostalgic 00’s vibe in fashion right now, and this felt like the perfect moment to do it.”
Holli Rogers, Chief Brand Officer, FARFETCH, said:
“I have known and loved Esteban for 15 years. His vibrant designs represent key pivotal pop culture moments from the noughties and these iconic pieces are a pure celebration of life and fun which is heavily influencing fashion as we know it today. It’s a full circle for fashion and for Esteban! It’s an honor for us to mark Esteban’s milestone anniversary in the fashion world by bringing to a new generation some of his most loved pieces for FARFETCH BEAT.”
To celebrate the launch of FARFETCH BEAT 006, FARFETCH and Esteban Cortázar will host a party in Miami on November 30 during Art Basel Miami Beach at The Faena Theatre. The party will have music by DJs Honey Dijon and Pascal Moscheni.
The collection will be available on 30 November exclusively on FARFETCH with prices starting from 320 EUR.
Notes to editors:
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About ESTEBAN CORTAZAR
Esteban Cortazar, based in Paris, is known for his vivid designs, combining Latin moves, and culture with French savoir-faire, which he summarises as ‘Paris Latino’.
Cortázar (Bogotá, 1984) started his fashion career at the age of 15 while growing up on South Beach in the 90s, a setting of a nascent fashion scene pioneered by designers Gianni Versace and Todd Oldham who mentored and inspired him. His home was above the ‘News Cafe’ on 8th and Ocean Drive: witness to a bohemian, renaissance of Miami. The city’s light, its embrace of the explosive Latin cultural scene as well as the reverie of kitsch trans-culture became the backdrop of iconic imagery by Bruce Weber, Peter Lindberg and Herb Ritz, whose collective vision of empowered, nonchalant supermodels seared in Cortázar’s mind.
His early sketches caught the eye of Kal Ruttenstein in 1999 (the late fashion director of Bloomingdales), who subsequently stocked Esteban Cortázar’s first collection. Shortly after, he became the youngest designer to show during New York Fashion week at the age of 17 in 2002. Other international retailers followed suit, and he became a member of the CFDA in 2006.
In 2007 Cortázar moved to Paris to helm the House of Emanuel Ungaro. In 2012 Natalie Massanet approached him to create a series of capsule collections for Net-a-Porter. This process ushered the relaunch of his eponymous Paris based brand in 2014. Referred to by Vogue as “the most uninhibited designer showing in Paris” Esteban Cortázar’s collections have been found in the most prestigious on-line retailers, department stores and luxury boutiques including FARFETCH, Browns, Le Bon Marché, Net-a-Porter and Colette, among others.
Regulars in his designs vary from Cate Blanchett, to J Balvin, Rosalía, Beyoncé, Rihanna and Queen Rania. Cortázar was named an official ambassador of the arts by the President of Colombia. Cortázar recently designed the costumes for the NYC Ballet in 2020 and is currently working on the Miami City Ballet for 2023.
You can find him between Paris, Cartagena, Miami, New York or Ibiza. The places that have shaped him both as a person and as the renown fashion designer he is today.
EVP Communications, Global