Silvia Tcherassi and her innovative take on fashion, style, and elegance

Journey | Accomplishments | Style | Elegance

You simply cannot talk about Colombian fashion without bringing Silvia Tcherassi into the conversation. She has commanded her own vision of fashion and elegance for decades and successfully brought it to international stages. Read on to explore her story and unique perspective.

A look into her journey

Silvia is undoubtedly one of the first names that come to mind when thinking about influential Colombian females, as well as prominent Barranquilla women.

A trained interior designer, she took her creativity into the fashion scene in 1987. Her signature elegant and tailored style allowed her to cross national frontiers by opening her first boutique outside of Colombia a decade later (Silvia Tcherassi, n.d. a).

Today, people can enjoy her collections in her 15 boutiques in South America, North America, and Europe. She has further solidified her global presence through renowned department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman. Furthermore, she has taken advantage of the world of digital luxury retailing. Her designs are available on sites such as Net-A-Porter and Moda Operandi (Silvia Tcherassi, n.d. a).

Her accomplishments

Considered a pioneer of the Latin flair aesthetic, Tcherassi has presented her work at fashion’s biggest stages. Her creations have graced the runways of New York, Paris, and Milan fashion weeks. In fact, she was the first Latin American designer to be invited to present within the official calendar of the latter two (Silvia Tcherassi, n.d. a).

Moreover, she received the title of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2004 from the French government in recognition of her contributions to culture (Silvia Tcherassi, n.d. a).

Considered a synonym of elegance and timeless style, she has dressed the likes of supermodels such as Valeria Mazza and Claudia Schiffer. Music superstars Shakira, Gloria Estefan, and Dua Lipa have also worn her creations (Colombia.co, s.f.). Likewise, stylish personalities like Jennifer López, Amal Clooney, and Rachel Zoe have favored her vision.

As a result, her work has been featured on the pages of multiple renowned publications. Elle, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar are some of the magazines that have showcased her ensembles.

The Silvia Tcherassi style

Tcherassi has etched her unique take on style by bringing Colombian beauty into a blend of tradition and modernity. Specifically, her designs shine with their casual luxury feel and attention to detail. She also excels at creating pieces that stand the test of time and that are versatile (Samaha and Betancourt, 2020).

Interestingly enough, the Dizionario della Moda defines her style as eclectic (Forbes México, n.d.). This rings true, as her designs always convey a play on extremes (Silvia Tcherassi, n.d. b).

Nevertheless, a common thread lacing together her work is feminine silhouettes — cinched waistlines, especially (González, 2021).

Elegance according to Silvia Tcherassi

To Silvia, clothing should never be the protagonist in a look, but the person wearing it. That is why in her 2010 book ‘Effortless elegance’ she identifies women like Grace Kelly, Jackie Kennedy, Lady Diana, Audrey Hepburn, and Queen Rania of Jordan (who wore her designs) as style icons (8Bit Chin, n.d.).

But how can someone achieve elegance? Tcherassi says you need “imagination and attitude, as elegance comes ultimately from within” (Pontones and Gore, 2021).

Nowadays, Silvia works on seasonal collections and develops unique pieces in her atelier in Miami. She also keeps innovating. Just last year, she launched a line of sustainable accessories (Silvia Tcherassi, n.d. a). The sky seems to be the only limit to her creativity.

References

8Bit Chin. (n.d.). Silvia Tcherassi habla en Entrevista Andrea de NTN24 de sus íconos en la moda femenina. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaBy5rsE1ns

Colombia.co. (s.f.). 5 Colombian designers, international trendsetters. Retrieved from https://www.colombia.co/en/colombia-country/famous-people-from-colombia/5-colombian-designers-international-trendsetters/

González, T. (2021). Silvia Tcherassi activa su dupla creativa y presenta su colección pre-fall 2021. Fashion Network. Retrieved from https://pe.fashionnetwork.com/news/Silvia-tcherassi-activa-su-dupla-creativa-y-presenta-su-coleccion-pre-fall-2021,1275666.html

Pontones, L. and Gore, S. (2021). La moda, forma de expresión; la elegancia viene en última instancia: Silvia Tcherassi. Milenio. Retrieved from https://www.milenio.com/estilo/moda-y-belleza/silvia-tcherassi-disena-piezas-para-empoderar-a-quienes-las-usan

Samaha, B. and Betancourt, B. (2020). 13 Latinx Designers on How Their Culture Informs Their Work. Harper’s Bazaar. Retrieved from https://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/designers/g34351282/latin-hispanic-fashion-designers/

Silvia Tcherassi. (n.d. a). Acerca de la diseñadora. Retrieved from https://www.silviatcherassi.com/co/es/nosotros  Silvia Tcherassi. (n.d. b). Atelier. Retrieved from https://www.silviatcherassi.com/co/es/atelier