The 21st Annual Latin Grammy Awards aired on Univision last night (Nov. 20) and Indigenous actress and co-host Yalitza Aparicio, 26-year-old, shone brightly on the stage and red carpet. She and her stylist, Sophie Lopez, put together some chic and bright ensembles centered around the Latine fashion industry.
“For this occasion, I am very happy because we will get to showcase a lot of Latine designers, which I think is very important. We have to take advantage of this moment and showcase the talent these Latinx designers have,” she shared.
Read on to learn about the Latine designers Aparicio chose to wear.
Columbian designer Johanna Ortiz was discovered a few years ago after Lauren Santo Domingo, co-founder of luxury fashion retailer Moda Operandi, spotted a wedding guest wearing her design. The pride she has in her roots is evident in one of the T-shirts from her autumn/winter collection that reads “Colombia not Columbia.” All her pieces are made in Colombia and she gives back to the community through her foundation, Semillero, teaching high-end sewing techniques to women in local poor neighborhoods.“When I started my business, I not only wanted to be known as a Colombian designer with great designs but also to give back to my country,” she told Vogue.
Brazilian José Vitor Zerbinato began creating clothing for his sister’s dolls as a child planting the seed for fashion design that eventually evolved into a line he launched in 1987 called Madame X. The brand eventually evolved into Vitor Zerbinato in 2010 providing women’s clothing from casual to party as well as bridal.
Venezuelan fashion design Carolina Herrera had her first fashion show in 1981 and has since become a household name in fashion. In 2004, Herrera received the Council of Fashion Designers of America “Womenswear Designer of the year” and four years later The Council of Fashion Designers of America honored her with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. After decades of building the brand and dressing celebs and first ladies including Michelle Obama she showed her last line in 2018.
Jonathan Cohen was raised in San Diego by Mexican parents and later moved to New York City and each place has influenced his designs. According to the brand’s website, the Mexican prints patterns and bold colors combined with the ease of beachy San Diego along with the metropolitan nature of New York City make up the aesthetics of the brand. Cohen and business partner Sarah Leff, whom he met at Parsons School of Design, formally launched Jonathan Cohen in 2011.
Silvia Tcherassi is a Miami-based designer who was dubbed the “Pioneer of the Latin Flair” by Women’s Wear Daily. The 55-year-old was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, and began her career in 1987, opening her first boutique outside of Colombia in Miami in 1997. With more than two decades of experience in the industry, she is one of the most celebrated Latin American designers and was the first to be invited to show at Milan and Paris Fashion Week.