Silvia Tcherassi is not new to the fashion game. The Colombian-born designer has been in the industry for over two-decades—with bridal, home, ready to wear and accessories collections to her name. She’s been honored with France’s Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and her bold designs are favored among the Instagram-set for their use of color, print and unexpected use of shape. In other words, Silvia Tcherassi is a name you should recognize.
Often lauded for her innovative daywear, Tcherassi is going full on evening with a new, feminine 25-piece collection exclusive to Moda Operandi, with an emphasis on beautiful draping, dramatic florals and standout silhouettes, with a few paillettes mixed in for good measure.
“This elevated capsule was created with many different women in mind and is a twist to her typical designs, offering an ultra feminine look,” Moda’s SVP of Merchandising, Mary Chiam, tells BAZAAR.com.
BAZAAR spoke with Tcherassi about her ultimate inspiration and the perfect party spot.
Harper’s BAZAAR: What was the inspiration for the evening wear collection?
Silvia Tcherassi: I was thinking in holiday destinations around the world and different kinds of women: from the ultra-feminine to the more fashion-forward. Each piece was created individually, playing with different fabrics and color palettes.
Who do you see as the Silvia Tcherassi Girl?
ST: A girl who loves fashion, loves to travel, appreciates little details and values quality over quantity. Women in search of a unique and personal style inspire me.
How do the different locales you’ve lived and worked in influence you?
ST: In the Caribbean, I learned to value the importance of openness, the tireless pursuit of happiness and the richness of our culture. The sun and the sea are magical. In Miami, a bridge between Latin America, North America and Europe, I feel more multicultural. Today, the city is a cultural and design hub bringing creativity and innovation. I love to work with my providers in Italy because I enjoy the process of creating fabrics, admiring the heritage of these companies and their commitment to technology to keep its legacy running.
Is there one woman you’d love to see in ST?
ST: Meghan Markle. I think her wedding gown and last looks have been amazing. Her style represents a modern take in tradition and she values fashion as a communication tool. I hope to see Kaia Gerber wearing one of my designs very soon. She is the face of her generation.
How would you describe your personal style?
ST: Two words: Casual chic.
Is it reflected in the line?
ST: Totally. I believe in an elegance that is not forced or studied, that searches not for perfection but instead to reflect a personality. It’s something I call “effortless elegance.” The quest for this kind of elegance is the motivation of my creative process. All my projects, fashion, hotels and home collection, follow the same vision. I am an admirer of natural elegance without pretensions. And that differentiates the woman with style from the fashion victims.
Why was Moda Operandi a good partner for this capsule?
ST: After the success of my embellished Wayúu mochila bags years ago, we started to talk about doing something special together and I think this is the perfect timing. In addition, Lauren Santo Domingo [founder, Moda Operandi] has a very unique fashion sense and has been very supportive of my endeavors. She was the first to declare the Tcherassi Hotel inCartagena as “the chicest spot for the fashionable flock.”
What is your ultimate evening destination?
ST: Of course Cartagena de Indias during Holidays and, especially, New Year’s Eve.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US