After almost 2 years in Buenos Aires, my time in this fabulous city has come to an end. I have loved every minute I spent meeting wonderful designers, writing this column, and of course, shopping. In this, my final article, I present my personal BA fashion faves, the best of the best.
Best New Line: Mishka Couture, El Salvador 4673
When this classic BA shoe store expanded to include a clothing line last season, I knew it was going to be good. And boy is it ever. Casual favorites,
great jeans, and a rock n roll spirit make Mishka Couture the best new clothing line in town.
Best Chain: Paula Cahen D’Anvers, Honduras 4888 and all malls
Those who know me well know I never miss an opportunity to shop at Paula. This famous label represents simple Argentine style at its bestclassic
coats in winter, light cotton tees in summer, but always with a menswear flair. Although it comes with a high price tag, every garment is absolutely worth it.
Best Independent Designer: Victoria Sedran
In each of the past three seasons, I have been on the edge of my seat to preview Victoria’s new collection. I have never been disappointed.
This new young designer has an innate eye for prints and a consistently hip aesthetic. Every piece is wearable, every piece lasts, and it never goes out of style.
Best Up and Coming: Garza Lobos
Headed by Jessica Trosman’s former right hand, this new line by Rubén Troilo blew everyone out of the water at BAFWeek. Toeing the line between
ready to wear and couture, this label is all about flow and form. It is artistic without being extravagant, and with the opening of their Palermo boutique, Garza Lobos is about to be the new “it” label.
Best Couture: Tramando by Martin Churba, Rodriguez Pena 1973
Through his use of non-traditional fabrics and avant-garde touches, Martin Churba has created the best couture line in Buenos Aires. Although eye catching, it is not unwearable, and with a piece from his collection, you are guaranteed to hear the classic shopping question, “Where did you get that?”
Best Fun Accessories: Los Vados del Isen, Araoz 2918
If it’s selection you’re after, Los Vados del Isen has it. Their hidden store on Araoz in Palermo has everything you could want in a casual accessory. Feathers, dangling earrings, tons of color, oversized stones, and sparkling beads dot each and every piece in the wide-ranging collection.
Best Glasses: Infinit, Thames 1602
This was a tough choice, but ultimately I can’t resist the sparkle, color, and shapes in Infinit’s fun collection of lenses. For me, the daily glasses outshine the sunglasses, but both lines are worth checking out. At Infinit, there’s something for everyone.
Best Leather Jackets: Doma, El Salvador 4693
I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve spotted a leather jacket to die for at Doma. Every season I look forward to surveying the new pieces. The fits are perfect, and there are designs for every style, from classic to grunge. Doma is a can’t-miss Buenos Aires shopping stop.
Best Wedding Dress Collection: Laura Valenzuela, Castex 3217 2nd floor inside Museo Metropolitano
If you’re a bride looking for the unique gown that’s inventive without being over the top, Laura Valenzuela is for you. Imagine a hippy, fairy vibe that still retains classic bridal form, along with perfect design and top notch fabric, and you’ll have an idea what this collection of wedding dresses is all about.
Best Mall: Alto Palermo, Avenida Santa Fe 3253
In Argentina, the malls are great one stop shops for quality clothes as well as basics, and for the widest selection of stores, head over to Alto Palermo. *Bonus tip: The Cinemark movie theater one block away has all the best blockbusters as well as the latest local
Best for Color: Benito Fernandez, Arroyo 900
No matter if it’s summer or winter, Benito always brings the color. In his eclectic collections you can find everything from bright green to orange to pinks and blues.
Best for Black: Cora Groppo, Uruguay 1296 or El Salvador 4696
It’s lucky that her pieces are so innovative because every season it’s black, black, and more black at Cora Groppo. Although I consistently praise the value of color, I secretly love the classic shade. There, I admit it.
Best in Palermo: Burdel, Pasaje Soria 5172
From the ambience to the lace, Burdel is my favorite Palermo haunt. When I want to spice things up, the ladies at this lingerie mecca always have something to offer me. Two words I use to describe Burdel: love it.
Best in Recoleta: DeMaria, Libertad 1655
This exclusive shoe and bag store on Recoleta’s chic Libertad St. is known for their adorable flats as well as luxurious sandals in summer. For me, the hidden gems at DeMaria are the purses. Always made in the best and softest leather, they personify BA’s young, hip vibe.
To all my friends at LandingPadBA, thanks for the memories. I’ll miss you.
To my Buenos Aires ladies, thanks for reading. You are my style inspiration.