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More NY Autumn 2003 photos -
  Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta and more!

The designer, about whom The New York Times wrote a column (“At 18, Fashion’s Toast (But He Drinks Coke”)… has the honor of the being the youngest designer to show during Fashion Week.

At 18, the Miami based Colombia born talent is still in High School, staged his first show at the tender age of 13…and he even calls Madonna a 'pal.' The sexy spring collection he showed, which oozed South Beach chic, was very Stephen Burrows with its lettuce leaf trim, neon colors, and exuberant spirit and shapes. He used white terry cloth for the sexiest sportswear pieces, many of which were adorned with Swarovkski crystals, stone embellishments, and bows in aqua or lime.

White lambskin was fashioned into bellbottoms and cigarette pants- sometimes painted with seagulls, Cortazar showed some of the sexiest bathing suits and bikinis around, and he brought the house down with his tri color three tiered halter neck long and short dresses in combinations of lime, aqua, and mint.