This past February as fashion month came to an end in NYC I attended one last fashion event. A mix of performance, interior design and fashion, ICollective Live showcased Latino designers. Presented by DCG Media in the WH Design Collection showroom guests got to get up close in personal with the collections and the designers.
Designers included Adolfo Sanchez, Cenia NY, Terese Sydonna and Milagros Batista. Each designer collection was specifically curated to be showcased in different parts of the showroom. Coordinating perfecting with the modern showroom and furniture of WH Design.
Adolfo Sanchez– I recently went to the Adolfo Sanchez fashion show which you can read about here. Adolfo who is of Mexican Descent is taking his first steps in to the NYC fashion world. With an original clientele from L.A. he is gaining traction here on the east coast through NYFW. His gorgeous gowns are made for women who want both princess dresses and edgy details like clear plastics in cheeky areas of the body. The dresses he showcased are loved by press and the public alike.
Cenia NY– Cenia Paredes of Cenia NY showcased a collection of archive pieces. Gowns ranging in blues, purples and gold were highlighted. Cenia’s collections always make you want to attend a gala looking sophisticated. Or perhaps you want simply go to work while feeling elegant. Perhaps you want to spend a night out feeling beautiful, Cenia’s collections will make you feel all these emotions and more. She caters to every size with Couture knits like her Olive & Logan collection made in Turkey.
Terese Sydonna– This Jamacian designer worked in finance before realizing her true calling was fashion. Her path to becoming a fashion designer started with the Macy’s Incubator, and a degree in Fashion Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Terese specializes in ready-to wear and accessories with touches of prints, structure and subtle details. With the purpose of designing for the super hero in us all, her bold one of a kind prints are made to stand out. The high tech novelty knits and machine washable fabrics she uses makes it possible to wear one of a kind art pieces in everyday life.
Milagros Batista– Knitwear designer Milagros Batista also showcased her newest collection. Colors ranged in shades of pink with knitwear pants, tops, skirts, dresses and sweaters.
Electric violinist Sarah Charness rocked the night with a performance set to electro beats. Cupcakes by Honor Thy Sweets, (cute mini cupcakes) filled guests bellies along with snacks. Beauty was done by the amazing Kim Baker, read more about her here! While hair was done by Stephanie Jones and the Studio Ten31 team.
The night was full of great support for these Latino designers both seasoned and new. An effort that is continually needed as the fashion industry still struggles with issues of diversity. Luckily agencies like DCG Media recognize and up lift Latinos and people of color in their creative careers. Have you ever heard of these designers? What was your favorite look? Who is your favorite Latino or POC designer? You can read more about the event on Latinista.com.