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The Comeback Kid: Esteban Cortazar

You heard it here in ManStyle when we featured once upon Emanuel Ungaro designer Esteban Cortazar in the January issue. It’s officiel! Come July 11, Esteban relaunches his signature line of women’s clothing, Cortazar, with an exclusive trans-seasonal, 17-look collection for his new business partner, Net-a-Porter. This is the first designer-collaboration for the popular online retailer. They backed him financially and worked with him on the collection’s development. “It’s a first for us, being involved from the very inception,” Holli Rogers, Net-a-Porter’s fashion director, told WWD.

Price points: $270 for a top to $2,760 for a coat. Define trans-seasonal: Pieces meant to be worn in the heat of summer to “layering pieces” which can transition into fall. In WWD, Cortazar describes his collection as “sensual and sculptural … definitely sexy, but in quite a minimal way.”

Bravo, Esteban! And, Bon Anniversaire! On May 17, he’ll be 28!

Photography: ©Cyn. Zarco2012

Esteban Cortazar: Desire Accessoires

Photos & Text by Cyn. Zarco

Flying in from Paris for a week of catch-up and TCB, South Beach’s favorite son fashion designer Esteban Cortazar stops by Babalu to pick out a few things.

“I love these!” he says, pulling a pair of folding Steve McQueen Persols from the display case. “I have them in black, in Paris,” he says almost forgetting where he lives.

“Hey, Cyn., what do you think of this brown watch?” he asks, adjusting the rubber strap of a rose gold Brera Eterno Solotempo around his wrist. I smile. I’ve photographed Esteban, now 25, since he was a kid throwing fashion shows at The Cushman School. We met in the mid-’90s at the opening of the Cynthia Rowley shop in South Beach. Esteban, the Colombian wunderkind, was always on the scene with a model on his arm. He lived with his father, painter Valentino Cortazar, above News Cafe. In 2002, when he was in the 10th grade at Design & Architecture Senior High, I shadowed him for a profile with his first business partner, financier Fernando Grandi. When Esteban launched his first women’s wear line at New York Fashion Week, he made The New York Times.

Five Manhattan years later, as if in a fairy tale, Esteban was transported to Paris as head designer of the House of Emanuel Ungaro. Already a well-known couture creature, Esteban rose to the task until several collections later, a spanner named Lindsay Lohan was thrown into the mix. Rather than collaborate with a starlet with no style cred, Esteban stepped down. A year later he rebounded in his native Colombia with an unprecedented Kawakubo-esque pret-a-porte collection for Exito, their answer to Target. Today, he’s back in Paris keeping his brand alive, recreating his original eponymous line — Esteban Cortazar.



Paul Smith bicycle print silk scarf

Panama Adrien hat

Comme des Garcons high-top Play sneakers

Brera Eterno Solotempo watch

Persol folding tortoise Steve McQueen shades

Impossibility Addison tote bag

Paul Smith black leather belt

Photos, Esteban:©2011Cyn. Zarco

Behind the Scenes: Outtakes from the Edge

We had a lot of fun making the January blog. I shot and styled two guerilla shoots at 1111. That’s me, babalulu, with Esteban Cortazar in my infamous Levi “shooting shorts” from the ’90s. Apres, he was late for a lunch meeting and changed in the car on our way out of the parking lot. For the Magi shoot, I kidnapped Osmar from the shop, gave him a crash course in photography and made him my assistant. As you can see, Greg and Paolo proved to be quick studies as models for the day.

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