Designers to Watch: Amelia Toro

Fashion isn’t just about the clothing for Colombian designer Amelia Toro, moreover a vehicle to address real social issues alongside her undeniably innate approach to craftsmanship.

Alongside the signature high-quality designs and luxurious textiles, emphasis is very firmly on giving back. In the past, collections have incorporated handicrafts created by some of Colombia’s indigenous communities, cementing the business’ ethos and ‘integration of urban artisanship and cultural heritage.

Adding to this unique offer, each garment is produced start-to-finish by a single seamstress, whose individual name is placed on the label next to Toro’s. She also strives to empower single parents through employment and education, enabling single mothers to improve their financial situation, focusing on aiding children’s education and a better quality of life.

With stores now across South America, the US, Switzerland and Japan, to name but a few, Toro’s mission has surpassed recognition in Latin America.
Autumn/winter 2015 continues the designer’s typically minimalist approach, adding a subtly beatnik feel. In Toro’s words, her collections are about the ‘femininity and sensuality of the contemporary woman’ and this rings true with softly A-line skirts; one in a romantic raspberry ombre and a duo in sketchy checks.

Geometric touches are there too, seen in the form of a foil, triangular all-over-print on stiff skirts and cigarette pants. Simple turtlenecks and boxy shapes add a touch of androgyny, concluding another chicly wearable range.

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