Thanks to and Johanna Ortiz, consider your next South American vacation wardrobe sorted

Weekend in Cartagena

Text: Jolene Khor

Johanna Ortiz's sprightly digs for are made for sunbathed strolls in the city of Colombia

Here's a millennial philosophy preached and practised the world over, the single line responsible for the rise of the social media platform in question: If it's not on Instagram, did it really happen?

It's true though, isn't it? In the age of every-great-memory-worth-having-is-worth-uploading, everyone with a mobile phone is a photojournalist. By extension, everyone with data roaming and a fresh parcel from their favourite e-tailer can be a wanderlust fashion influencer. If it's not on Instagram, did it really happen? If it's not on Instagram, did I really wear it? Those of us who spend time and dime curating our wardrobe has been guilty of answering "no" to all of the above.

And it's incumbent on us to empathise. Because when a designer like Johanna Ortiz puts out a collection on with pieces that look like that, resisting the urge for a mid-street snap feels like defying fundamental laws of nature. That flirty bathing suit with dramatic ruffles; those polka dots printed on the itty-bitty flounce skirt and perforated puff-sleeved frock; and the one pared back interpretation of Colombia's traditional dress, La Pollera Colora.

It would be a grave injustice for them to go unnoticed. See each of the nine-piece capsule here: x Johanna Ortiz will be available from April 11.


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