A native of Cali, Colombia, Carolina Sarria’s destiny was to break into the world of fashion. She moved to New York at a young age and studied Fashion Design at the prestigious Art Institute of New York City. Sarria launched her first collection in a private 2012 fashion show. With an overwhelmingly positive response, the demand for Sarria’s pieces quickly grew. Sarria was encouraged by this auspicious beginning, and thus founded her namesake brand.
The year of 2014 would be a game-changer: Carolina Sarria met fashion designer Bianca Allen, and quickly formed a deep bond under the Carolina Sarria brand. The two tastemakers established a collaborative team. Working together to manage and cultivate the Carolina Sarria brand, Sarria and Allen worked with rigor to make sure that the label evoked pure luxury. Exploring the idea of a woman’s right to challenge what it means to be feminine while celebrating their freedom to fully express themselves, Carolina Sarria’s DNA embodies pure elegance with a bit of a wild core.
For Fall/Winter 2017, Sarria and Allen collaborated with artist Katya Zvereva and explored passion within sex, violence within war and tranquility through peace through their garments. LOVE, the theme of the collection, went through the merging of three significant aspects that form the circle of love by shining the light on key elements that people go through when experiencing the overwhelming waves of feelings that come along with it. While there were separates for men and women, the overall collaboration was indeed unisex: kimonos, bombers, puffer jackets and trousers in luxurious wools, denim, cow skin as well as lambskin were the dominant materials used amongst a mainly monochromatic color palette with hints of red and pink. Sarria’s technique of making a collection for both sexes allows for the wearer to dress in a modern sense without any sort of limit— just as when one loves, it is limitless. We are One.
Printed A-line dresses as well as blouses with elongated flared arms give way to a more tranquil, peaceful setting. However, patent leather trousers, for example, show a more contrasting, animalistic turn. Sarria takes Katya’s artwork and displays what the heart can never avoid when it comes to LOVE: the good is as pure as the evil. And no matter what, LOVE will push through. JENNIFER STEVENS