Talents / News / BAFWeek Spring/Summer 2019.

Down in the Southern Hemisphere the Spring-Summer ‘19 season has begun, and Buenos Aires was the first city where new collections were seen.

A few weeks ago, set at the recently inaugurated Convention and Exhibition Center of the capital city, BAFWeek presented some of the best Argentinian talents on a four day event.

Here are some of the new names that stood out on the still-growing fashion scene.


Sophisticated and feminine was Melina Karagozian and Catalina Villaraza’s SS19 collection for Bestia, the label founded a year ago. This designer duo worked the styling around the idea of the shipwreck of Argentinean tourists who were heading to Miami but landed on Mar del Plata, a local beach, where folkloric kitsch elements from “La Bristol” (Argentina’s most popular and crowded beach) were elevated into refined organic pieces.


Up-to-date with the current feminist issues which are part of the political agenda (Me Too and Ni Una Menos movements), Melisa Vazquez, head designer of Carnal, presented her latest collection called “Multifacetic”. One of the winners of “Autores de Moda”, the contest supported by Ciudad de Moda, the city’s governmental fashion office, showed a a blend of retro sportswear and lingerie in a collection that intended to speak about what’s expected from women, how the female body is conceived and send a positive message: to free women from oppressive structures.


Deconstructive tailoring defines Fernando More’s aesthetic for his menswear eponymous label.

The other winner of “Autores de Moda” presented “Jupiter”, a sensuous and transgressive collection of cross-gendered pieces and precise cuts.


Draped and made over the body, Paula Selby presented a collection of custom made party pieces which are made to fit different body types.

As the label is turning towards couture embroidered dresses, there is still a hint of the disruptive and deconstructed feel this brand is known for.


Inspired and designed for her friends, the “Amigo Gang”, Belén Amigo created a loose and urban collection of everyday pieces which are made to last. Comfortable, genderless sportswear is mixed with oversized eastern-inspired see-trough pieces.


The label created by Antonella Perfolisi, Hilen Peisino and Maia Fernanda Bel is one of the winners of “Semillero UBA”, the contest which supports graduate fashion students from the University of Buenos Aires. Their thesis collection was inspired by the excess of communication and the loss of written language we are going through. This collection attempts to bring light upon the way we interact and how things are said, to become aware of whether we are expressing ourselves or we are losing time as we speak. The idea of the message is deconstructed in tailored suits with letters falling out of place and Morse-code prints which compose their main pieces.


The other winner of “Semillero UBA” was Mena by Maria Florencia Siciliano whose debut collection was inspired by the book “Manual for the Italian Immigrant” and the idea that “origins should not be forgotten”. It was a collection built upon uprooting, loss, memories and transformation, all these suffered as they move away from home, built upon prints, subtractions, translucent fabrics, irregular shapes, all that’s left behind once you leave.

text by Pia Rey