Alpaca is a curious material to incorporate into your footwear designs (alpaca socks? Bring ’em on! But shoes? We’re sceptical.) but after checking out the creative shoes on show at Peru Moda’s Young Designer of the Year competition, we’re starting to come around to the idea. Edith Mejia Carrion, one of the seven finalists, decided to use her imagination and feature the natural fiber head to toe. “I think alpaca is fascinating because the diversity of textures offers a world of variety,” the fashion student says, adding that she will continue to use the it in her designs.
Inspired by Henri Matisse, the Fall/Winter 2013 collection by Peruvian designer Ana Maria Guiulfo is anything but dull. Color blocked wedges and platforms elevate otherwise muted autumn ensembles, while three-toned clutches and shoulder bags put the “fun” in functional. With a store in Miami’s Design District, Guiulfo’s lines are also sold in New York, Puerto Rico, Georgia, Arizona and Illinois.