A kaleidoscopic floral carnival hit the runway during Miami Fashion Week 2019 with Glory Ang and Daniella Batlle, two emerging designers who made flowers groundbreaking again. If Miami is a city of tropical influence, then Miami Fashion Week is a Latin American designer’s Valhalla.
Miami Fashion Week unites burgeoning local designers and style tastemakers from Latin America and Spain. The week’s events are about cultural diversity and a unification of fashion capitals. The Magic City attracts the spectrum of humanity, with Colombia leading the South American market.
Daniella Batlle presented her line of euphoric luxury resortwear, with bold floral designs that represent her life growing up across different parts of Colombia. Instead of simply a beachwear collection, Batlle leverages her traditions and cultural appropriation to craft her designs with eye-catching prints and unique cuts. Dresses with fringed layers, one-shoulder sleeves and ruffled skirts epitomize her designs. A sea of marine-life prints are also part of Batlle’s collection.
Another Colombian designer who took Miami Fashion Week attendees on a summer voyage was Glory Ang, whose designs were exhibited by many Miami influencers. Flora and fauna flourished through her bold-printed dresses with a cascade of ruffles and fabric. A hallmark of Ang’s collection is the enormous hats and crown head pieces that symbolize a tropical queen.
Attending the show was like watching a flower parade at the Festival of Flowers in Medellin, Colombia, where sunflowers, orchids and other flower species burst in style. The ruffles and statement sleeves have remained a mainstay in Ang’s current collection.
Caribbean designers also showcased their designs during Miami Fashion Week, with the Dominican Republic as the country invited to present selected designers on the final day. Jenny Polanco, Arcadio Díaz, Jacqueline Then and Giannina Azar presented Caribbean couture that whisks the audience away to a tropical paradise.
When the sun sets in Miami, everyone keeps the flowers on their sleeves. Miami Fashion Week reminds you that the Sunshine State never stops blooming.