Happy Wednesday, my friends! How’s your week going? We’ve made it halfway through the week.

Today, please allow me to do one of my favorite things here : introduce you to a new designer…


The Designer: Johanna Ortiz

Today’s designer-in-focus is Colombian designer Johanna Ortiz.

The first time I took note of Johanna Ortiz was when I first spotted her Tulum off the shoulder top (available here in white) on Moda Operandi last spring. You might remember me wearing the blue and white striped version here and here. I can’t wait to break it out again this season!

While the label might have launched in 2001, it was catapulted into the spotlight last summer. The Tulum top turned out to be the “it top” of the summer. Olivia Palermo was even spotted wearing it to a People Stylewatch Magazine fashion party in NYC. With that attention, a write-up by Man Repeller, and lots of social media coverage, Johanna Ortiz began garnering the attention she rightfully deserves.

That off-the-shoulder top embodies Johanna Ortiz’s aesthetic perfectly. Clearly inspired by her Colombian cultural roots, her designs ooze elegance and femininity. She embraces a notion of sexiness in which showing the neck, shoulders, and collarbones is infinitely more attractive than a skin tight short dress. As she told Man Repeller:

“I imagine that the women I design for are powerful and strong. They mix the sex appeal and femininity of Brigitte Bardot with the elegance of Jackie O. It’s a balancing act. You have to show the right amount of skin, use the right amount of volume and the right amount of color. It can never be too much of any one element for me.”

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Johanna Ortiz : Our Top 12 Picks

If you’re ready to embrace these flirty ruffles and dramatic silhouettes, browse our top 12 currently available pieces below. Plus, for a few more days, you can peruse and preorder her fall collection at Moda Operandi.

What are your thoughts on her style? Had you heard of Johanna Ortiz before? I certainly appreciate her fun, festive take on femininity. I hope you do too!


Details of My Look

Johanna Ortiz top (very similar here and here) | 3×1 cropped boot cut white frayed jeans (another option here) | Eugenia Kim ‘fiesta not siesta’ hat (also here) | Paul Andrew printed bow sling back | Mansur Gavriel crossbody bag (also like this one and this one) | Ray-Ban ‘Wayfarer’ sunglasses | Nars scarlet empress lipstick | Deborah Lippmann nail polish

Photos by Maritere Rice in front of Maya Hayuk mural at Wynwood Walls in Miami; To see more of the Wynwood Walls street art, see here, here, and here


  1. Remi Sabbah says:

    Love the photos darling! Your outfit is fab and you look exquisite! <3 xxx
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    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Remi! I really appreciate that.

  2. Bella B says:

    Oh carrie, You look so stunning. I just adore that top its so fun and perfect for summer its just so cute! i hope you have a wonderful day!


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Bella! Xo

  3. Merritt Beck says:

    I practically live in off the shoulder tops in these warmer seasons so I’m such a fan of this collection! love the look!
    xx, Merritt
    The Style Scribe

    1. Carrie says:

      Yes! You look so good in off-the-shoulder tops.

  4. Ally Noriega says:

    I absolutely love these designs. They will be perfect for the summer!

    Xo Ally


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Ally! 🙂

  5. Lauren says:


    Thank you so much for introducing us to such an amazing designer! I absolutely love everything about this post – from the backdrop to your charming hat!! Happy Thursday 🙂

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Lauren! So nice of you to say.

  6. Maggie says:

    I’m seriously obsessed with this look! Those are such fun prints, too 🙂


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Maggie! Aren’t they vibrant and fun?

  7. Alyssa Renee says:

    I absolutely love that top! This whole collection is so beautiful! Love it! Awesome background BTW! =)

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    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Alyssa! Yes – isn’t that mural great? One of my favorites!

  8. Nicole Gibson says:

    Just bought my first Johana Ortiz pieces and can’t wait to wear them! Love your blog posts Carie!

    1. Carrie says:

      Oh I can’t wait to see what you bought, Nicole! It will look great on you.

      Thanks for saying that. Have a great week!

  9. Mona-Lena says:

    Très inspirant! J’adore les coupes quelque peu froufroutantes des créations ! C’est frais, coloré, vivant. J’aime!

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