From Designers To Models, Here Are The Latinos Who Made This Paris Fashion Week One To Watch
Fashion Week represents so much for up-and-coming designers, celebs, models, and editors. For many people in the fashion industry, being present at Paris Fashion Week is perhaps the climax of their career.
Fashion is known for being on the cutting edge of everything. But the one thing the industry is still severely behind on is diversity. For Latinos, the chances of being part of the Parisian event are pretty small as they navigate the nepotism and politics of the fashion industry. To be honest, fashion’s history with embracing Latinos (except for Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta, of course) is mediocre at best. This is why we can’t help but get excited when we see Latinos making headlines in the chicest of fashion weeks.
Latino talent represented at Paris Fashion Week thanks to a small group of special ladies and gentlemen.
Latino talent is rising through the ranks. A group of people, in particular, made the week a total success; Camila Cabello Walked the runway alongside Eva Mendez, Rick Owens showcased a Mexican inspired collection, nine Dominican beauties made history on the catwalk, and Cardi B slayed street style in a wild outfit. Here are the biggest Latino moments from 2019’s Paris Fashion Week this September.
Rick Owens: The California born designer took on immigration, the border wall and his own Mexican heritage during his show.
Born in California, Rick Owens is known for always giving his audience something to talk about. His Spring-Summer 2020 collection was an homage to a big influence in his life: his 87-year old Mexican immigrant mother. Owens was raised in the U.S., lives in France, and manufactures his clothes in Italy. “That all wouldn’t work without open borders,” he told Vogue alluding to the infamous wall that has caused so much tension between the U.S. and Mexico.
As is often the case with designers, Owens’ inspiration didn’t just come from one reference. His collection draws references from Bauhaus and Mexican architecture, art and theater —and of course has his own spin on it. The result was a magical collection of pyramid-shaped floor-length gowns, tunics and regal shoulders. On their heads, models wore Aztec inspired crowns.
Tinged by rich hues of yellow and brick red, the collection was a glimpse into a futuristic world seen through the eyes of someone whose roots lie on both sides of the much-discussed wall.
Cardi B slayed the paparazzi in a face-covering, head-to-toe outfit.
The rapper set off a paparazzi firestorm on the streets of Paris this Saturday. Clad in a head-to-toe floral ensemble that covered every inch of her body —yes, face included, the rapper was serving a look.
The green and blue outfit designed by British fashion designer Richard Quinn disguised her face, making it difficult to guess who was hiding under the surreal ensemble. That was until she spoke, and her familiar tone was heard by everyone around.
“I heard you bitches were missing me at Fashion Week New York. I’m here to serve it to you mother-f–kers, and serve it to you cold,” she said in an Instagram video where she also confirmed that she couldn’t see a thing. Instructing her bodyguard and photographers to get out of her way, the pop star joked, “a bitch can’t see.”
Camila Cabello and Eva Longoria walked the runway.
Camila Cabello and Eva Longoria is the dynamic duo we didn’t know we needed in our lives. The two Latinx powerhouse celebs walked the runway for L’Oreal Paris’ show on Saturday alongside other celebs including Helen Mirren and Andie Macdowell. The show, which intended to celebrate womanhood by featuring ladies of all ages and different backgrounds, brought together an all-star cast for models.
The “Señorita” singer wore a black blazer with matching pants and chunky heels. Her long luscious dark hair was her only accessory of the night. Eva Longoria looked stunning in a black mock turtle neck and a navy leather skirt. The “Desperate Housewives” star brought out her adorable 15-month-old baby, Santiago with her on the runway.
Nine Dominicans make history walking the Valentino show.
Latino representation is still abysmally behind in this industry. This week, however, we had a small victory on the runway at Valentino’s Spring-Summer 2020 show in Paris.
The highlight of the night was that 9 Dominican models owned the runway. Sculy Mejía, Lineisy Montero, Hiandra Martinez, Jenniffer Concepcion, Melanie Perez, Kimberly Gilbert, Martha Almanzar, Yorgelis Marte, and Licett Morillo all made history that night. The fashion show, which was the first to ever feature nine Latinas, had a total cast of 80 models from around the world —other than the Dominican squad of nine, most models were European.
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