ANTONIO ORTEGA: Dude, What Happened?
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January 30, 2017
By Marcellous L. Jones
Images Courtesy of Antonio Ortega
Paris, France – What a difference six months can make in the career of a designer. Most commonly, time works in favor of fashion designers. However there are those occasions when it does not. This latter happens to be the case for designer Antonio Ortega.
When TheFashionInsider.com began covering Antonio Ortega one year upon the presentation of his Spring/Summer 2016 collection, it was more like an introduction to his ideas. Six months ago, we saw him expand upon them. At that time his work even showed very noticeable technical improvements in that Fall Winter 2016/17 collection that he presented in Paris back in July 2016. However his new outing for the Spring/Summer 2017 season is a setback for Antonio Ortega.
The current collection still has the aesthetics that would allow one to easily identity the work as that coming from the mind of the same designer. There are lots of colors, revealing cuts and sheer materials. However, the clear failings of the collection come in terms of the construction of the pieces. Unfortunately the cuts lack refinement. Yes we all know and understand that couture is about making garments by hand. The problem with Antonio Ortega’s work this season is that instead of looking as if they were made by the hands of skilled workers in an atelier, it just looks as though the pieces are homemade. And “HOMEMADE” is not a good fit for couture.