Hola mi gente! Today is our beloved #FBF (Flash Back Friday) via all social platforms; and what better way to segue into March’s Women’s History Month than to merge both for this special post. For this #FBF we honor head creative Albania Rosario, the brains behind all the glamor of Uptown Fashion Week. Albania is a powerhouse Latina who’s hosted a number of fashion shows for buyers and clientele alike in the Northern Manhattan region. She’s showcased a unique and diverse group of designers that ranges in experience, culture, and creativity. Not only has her selected group been of diverse cultural background but also are her sponsors (i.e. Brugal Makeup, Marani Vodka/Spirits) – think Kelly Cutrone for the community of Washington Heights. Her past shows have gone on to feature the likes of Michael Costello who is of Greek and Italian decent, and was the chosen designer for Beyoncé’s 2013 Grammy Dress (currently on display at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles). Colombian designer from Buena Ventura Edwing D’Angelo with 12 years under his belt also recently showcased his all-black Spring/Summer 2015 collection inspired by the northern African country of Morocco – a collection of breathtakingly beautiful silks and chiffons. And with regards to guest appearances, we’ve even spotted Dominican designer, friend, and latest contestant on season 13 of Project Runway, Hernan Lander (Hernan Lander, LLC). Last month, Uptown Fashion Week celebrated its seventh installment with a press conference at Punto space nestled in the garment district. Critics and a bevy of excited designers were in attendance to discuss their much-anticipated fall collections. Some even provided a sneak peek worthy (to be honest) of a museum exhibition. See below for all the fierce pics.
On the day of the official show, I got the red carpet treatment y’all! Designers and models were on-hand for photo-ops – I simply couldn’t resist. Here I am with a group of gorgeous models showcasing exquisite floor length pieces from the Marlene H’ Couture line. Sponsorship by She Winks Lash Studio were also on-hand spoiling ladies with free lashes and/or mini-makeovers. Also in attendance was Snapple and Pallini Limoncello, a traditional Italian lemon-flavored liqueur that kept the crowd pleasantly pleased. More into the evening, the crowd was then ushered to take their seats – I can’t tell you how tickled pink I was to find my name tag. A very RozB meets Carrie B. (HBO’s Sex and the City) moment. 😉 As the emcee announces the first designer – designs by Kimma Wreh were too precious for words. Her fall line showcased princess-inspired gowns modeled by little ones – perfect for weddings. Next up was Marli Thomas’s fall collection – her style influences are Victorian with a modern twist. Very chic and contemporary for the on-the-go Nuyorkina. I was enamored with this plush, stark white peacoat worn by a gorgeous young model channeling some serious Alek Wek down the runway. You go, GURRRL!
Designer Chris Port soon followed. She’s an aspiring female designer for ready-t0-wear menswear. Her Cuban roots and Brooklyn background heavily influence her designs. Her fall collection featured a mix of free flowing fabrics meshed with hard leather – gave her collection an edgier and more punk rock (LES in the late 1980s) aesthetic in comparison to her fellow designers. Carlos Sierra’s fall collection catered to both sexes. His collection debuted a string of gorgeous evening gowns and tailored suits worthy of the Emmys and/or SAG awards. Below are pictures and video of Uptown Fashion Week’s spring and fall collections. Both shows were spectacular and an incredible carbon print of Latino talent. With strong initiatives as this within our community, I’m hopeful it’ll inspire the next Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, and Naricso Rodriguez of generations to come. I can’t wait to see what spring/summer ’16 has in store – till then stay tuned, kiddies. And until my next post… Artsy besos, Roz Baron