London Fashion Week Autumn Winter 22 “The Dance Of The Migrant”
Inspired by the famous Colombian flower festival and the history of the “Silletero” the porters who used to carry people, food and flowers since colonial times through the Andes on a chair (‘silleta’’) on their backs. The collection explores this tradition as an analogy for the journey of a migrant and the weight and beauty of being different and adapting to a new environment.
Spring Summer 22 “Dreams Of A Life”
This collection takes inspiration from the Latinamerican Arpilleras and Victorian cyclists, a true homage to Droguett’s family cycling history. As a way of reconnecting with her Chilean grandmother who she never met. The Arpilleras (embroidered quilted patchwork) depicted the stories of vulnerable women in Latinamerica and artists such as Violeta Parra. The technique was humble and conscious by using available materials, in most of the cases leftovers from old clothes and fabric scraps. The Arpillera became a tool of protest and activism for women in the ’70s during dictatorships, and most importantly, a way of healing from trauma. The silhouettes and construction details are inspired by the history of women cyclists in Victorian times and the ingenious ways of modifying their wardrobe by using channels, straps, and buttons to adjust the lengths of their garments.
Autumn-Winter 2021 “Nueve”
Taking inspiration from the Afro-Colombian funeral traditions and the nine nights of mourning. The aim is to celebrate life, while the spirit can happily transition to the afterlife through a series of rituals that occur each night. From building altars, eating and drinking to leaving a glass of water in case the spirit gets thirsty. These traditions and symbolism played an important role in how the collection came to be. The garments explore ideas surrounding death and the acts of mourning inspired by the works of artists Marisol Escobar and Doris Salcedo.
Spring-Summer 2021 “Fire Ants”
The collection takes inspiration from the classic Latin American novel One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. The characters of the book, go from room to room in a damned house, as a symbol for solitude, an existential trap that carries on through each generation of the Buendías. Droguett imagined the women of the Buendia family and captured their complex and unique spirits by developing garments that embody their fears, mistakes, passions and obsessions, inviting the viewer into their world.
Autumn-Winter 2020 “C-13”
This collection takes inspiration from one of the most infamous cities in the world, Medellin, Droguett’s hometown. The main focus for this season is a series of garments and outfits inspired by the neo-landscape of the slums with a structural take on the history of displacement that took place in the ’90s. People had to become nomads and leave their homes behind. Garments serve a dual purpose and take on a conceptual role with a series of 3d pocket compartments with chunky metallic zippers, that not only create a mountain-like silhouette but also pose the question: if could only take what you’re wearing with you, what would you take? But what if somehow you could take a piece of your land and store your memories within the same piece of clothing? This question became the hypothesis of the design development for Droguett.
“We believe in creating light-hearted clothing both functional and fun to encourage women to mix bold colours and dynamic silhouettes. We want garments to empower and truly shape the wearer to be their unique self in any situation”