Ruffles, bell bottoms and embroidery in classic fabrics combined with prints in a modern color palette were the keys to the latest Pepa Pombo collection that was inspired by the city of light and served to inaugurate in style the Colombiamoda catwalk, which this year celebrates its 28th edition.
Before making way for the rest of the designers who will show their latest creations this week - Andrés Pajón or Lina Osorio, among others - we spoke with the designer who today continues to lead the brand with her daughter Mónica, about a fashion firm with Colombian heart, but public and international success that continues to set trends since 1978 and today is sold in fashionistas' favorite stores, such as Bergdorf Goodman and Moda Operandi.
How do you feel about the success your designs continue to have after so long? Happy to see the result of so much effort and years of work.
What does it mean to you to show your brand in Colombiamoda? It means a lot, since being Colombian is part of the brand's DNA, we have always reflected it and that is why it is liked abroad. [Colombiamoda] For me it is a great platform.
How has the firm changed since your daughter, Mónica Holguín, got involved, and how have your clients reacted to this change? The brand has grown thanks to the fact that today we have clients from three generations. There are generations that feel identified with me and others with Monica.
What has been the biggest challenge during your professional career? Always be original.
What is the inspiration behind your latest collection? Paris of Asia is inspired by the role of women in art around the world, influenced by Asia and Europe. [It is intended for] a sensitive, versatile and cosmopolitan woman.
What advice would you give other women to achieve their dreams and goals? That you have to believe in yourself and always be constant.