Proof that fashion sites are becoming influential industry players, this week Net-a-Porter launched a capsule collection made exclusively for them by designer Esteban Cortazar. For those who don’t know who Cortazar is, a brief history: Esteban began his fashion career very early at the age of 17 with his eponymous label and was quickly catapulted into fashion darling stratosphere by editors and buyers alike. Eventually he went to Paris to take over the reigns of Ungaro, but fashion can spit you out as quickly as it embraces you and after two years he was fashion house-less.
Natalie Massenet believed in Cortazar’s talent, and voila, that is how we found ourselves in NaP’s offices this week chatting with Cortazar and falling in love with both the designer and his collection. “I want the clothes to have tailoring and a softness, like a knife cutting through butter,” he told us, holding up silk gowns, wool capes, chiffon tops that were a mix of sharp lines and feminine details. This initial collection is mostly in whites, creams and the palest nude pinks, because “I wanted to start with a blank canvas,” he continued. When we commented that one gown in particular, looked very “Gwyneth Paltrow”, he smiled knowingly yet revealed nothing. Since his pieces are already turning up on some very fashionable women, we imagine this charming designer and his stunning designs will be in the spotlight very soon.