From Runway to Reality

Fashion designer Esteban Cortazar redefines the term ready-to-wear.

steban Cortazar's spring 2015 collection

Hailed as a wonder boy when he staged his debut fashion show at 18, Esteban Cortazar, now 30, is proving he’s still ahead of the game with a “show now, wear now” concept for his spring 2015 collection. His “seasonless” tailored jackets, fluid jersey dresses, and deconstructed fringe skirts will be available at the Webster, Barneys New York, and on on October 25—just two weeks after being presented at Paris Fashion Week. “To me, this system makes sense,” says Cortazar, who closed his first label in 2007 to work as head designer for Emanuel Ungaro—a gig that ended two years later when Lindsay Lohan was appointed artistic adviser. “And if I’ve learned anything in my time designing, it’s be true to yourself.”