Antonio Ortega

Montreal, Canada

Paris Haute Couture FW 2018-19 'FORMS & URBAN DESIRES'

The collection was inspired by the sinuous curves and straight lines of the city, as well as the extravagant forms of Art Nouveau which give the way to a futuristic urban landscape. These modern silhouettes are carved in silk, tulle, or styled with several kilometres of raffia. Certain fabrics such as lurex flow like liquid metal. Raw cement embraces the reflection of a mirror, a nod to a cityscape populated by glass and steel towers. A rigid garment, inspired by a rectilinear building, juxtaposes a curved madness, reminiscent of a work of Antoni Gaudi. Extreme contrasts, characteristic of the Antonio Ortega’s work, are definitely back in this new collection. In the imagination of the Mexican-Canadian designer, a city is not solely composed of architectural creations. The urban landscape, far from being cold and impersonal, is also populated by human faces and the breath of life. And in the spirit of Art Nouveau, the woman and her image are omnipresent.

Paris Haute Couture FW 2019-20 'No Made'

Antonio Ortega proposes a nomadism of modern times, where the fur and raw leather of the steppes pf Asia are replaced by cotton lace, synthetic fur, silk, nylon, leather and tulle. The contrasts, characteristic of the work of Ortega, are everywhere: fine lace gives way to unruly synthetic hair, ropes that seem coarse from afar are really a confection of metallic thermal fabric.