Adina Laura Achim
Adina Laura was born in Romania and moved abroad when she was 17. Since then she lived in some of the most beautiful countries in Latin America and Europe. She has published 8 books and is passionate about gender equality, education and social justice.

Fashion trends with Latin roots

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Long gone are the days when the Latin American culture was associated with naïve folk art, and international designers couldn’t see beyond colorful fabrics and heavy embroidery. Today, at the heart of the Latin American revive is a deeper understanding of the elements that create this complex canvas. From Argentina’s gaucho inspired aesthetic to Colombia’s tropical and colorful roots, we find endless worlds waiting to be discovered.

Below you can find the 10 trends with Latin American roots:

  1. Intricate embroidery. Yes, even in 2019 embroidery is a hit with fashion lovers but this year it takes a more refined form, being almost incorporated in the print. Blumarine, Versace, and Dolce & Gabbana offer different interpretations of the same trend.
  2. Tropical Affair. In the Agnona Spring 2019 collection, we saw exotic birds printed on extra- large kaftans, while Christian Siriano and Valentino went for bold tropical flowers. The Michael by Michael Kors collection had a striking design made of hundreds of blooms and beautiful flowers.
  3. Pastels. Jil Sander, Alberta Ferretti, and Giorgio Armani went for pastels. Nothing says first-class relaxation and summer like this color palette. Colors like lavender, pink, and blue seem to exceed the limits imposed by time and fashion trends.
  4. Thong sandals. No, I’m not talking about the aesthetically unpleasing flip- flops! The in-between toe strap sandals have taken various shapes and embraced all possible styles, from the relaxed leather version from Tibi to the high- fashion style proposed by Prabal Gurung. This sandal will surely become the IT- shoe of the summer season.
  5. Ruffles. In 2019 ruffles are back in full force. After a very ruffle- loving 2018, this Spring/ Summer season, the best interpretations of the trend come from Rodarte and the always graceful Carolina Herrera.
  6. Strong colors. Some like pastels, others go for intense and mystical shades. Yellow is by far the winner in 2019. The sunshade appeared on various catwalks, and designers like Oscar de la Renta, Karen Walker, Carolina Herrera, and Escada brightened our days with this feel-good shade. Red and orange also made the cut.
  7. Whimsical artisanal prints. Moschino abused the trend but Jeremy Scott is known for his playful aesthetic, thus his print choices were expected. Roberto Cavalli remains passionately in love with the untamed beauty of the wild jungle, and Etro had some of the most wonderfully detailed prints which made the designs even more magical.
  8. Polka Dots. My all-time favorite trend and a look that never goes out of style- dots- had a comeback without even leaving the scene. The best interpretation of this classic trend goes to Dolce & Gabbana and the body-hugging polka dot dresses. Moschino offered us different playful versions, choosing either colorful dots on a white base or the classic black print on intense colors.
  9. Sequins because all Latina women love to shine. If you are fed up with this trend, count how many celebrities arrived at the 2019 Golden Globes in prom- inspired gowns.
  10. Crisp whites. Just think NYE party on the beach in Rio de Janeiro or summer season in Cartagena- all-white outfits say endless summer and designers know that. Check out the latest collections from Giambattista Valli and Stella McCartney for inspiration.
About the Author
Adina Laura Achim is not only a UN Women’s Empower Women Champion for Change, but also a published author, entrepreneur, leader, human rights activist, and PR executive. Adina’s editorials appeared in The Jewish Business News, The Latin American Post, L’Officiel, Cosmopolitan, Buro 24/7, Grazia, Society Magazine, Fashion TV and ZINK Magazine, and has been translated into English, Spanish, Slovene, Bulgarian, Armenian, and Russian. Beyond her notable resume, Adina is also lauded for her political engagement and humanitarian activism. Her name is broadly associated with nonprofits that fight against human trafficking and pediatric cancer and for the rights of the refugees and Asylum seekers. With eight books published in three languages and her byline on numerous articles and reviews, Adina is happy to be living the life of a modern storyteller, while remaining faithful to her own values and her quest for authenticity.
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