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21 Latino Designers You Need to Know

Fashionista or not, you might be delighted to know that some of the world’s biggest designers have Latino roots like your own. From big household names like Manolo Blahnik, Carolina Herrera to Oscar de la Renta and then some, Latinos have managed to carve out a space for their designs and culture in the fashion world. Here’s a list:

1. Mariano Fortuny

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Fortuny was a Spanish fashion designer whose career spanned the years between 1906 and 1946. At the time he managed and designed for his couture house.

2. Cristobal Balenciaga

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The Spanish designer and founder of the Balenciaga fashion house rose to fame by designing for Spanish aristocrats. He eventually moved his shop to Paris.

3. Manolo Blahnik

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The Canary Island designer gained popularity thanks to “Sex and the City.” The Spanish designer never studied shoe designer formally and learned his skills by visiting shoe factories. 

4. Antonio Del Castillo

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The Spanish costume designer won an Academy Award for creating costumes for the film “Nicholas and Alexandra” in 1971. del Castillo studied at the Colegio del Pilar in Madrid.

5. Luis Estevez

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Esteves designed numerous wives notable political leaders including First Lady Betty Ford and Princess Grace of Monaco. He also dressed Natalie Wood and Zsa Zsa Gabor.

6. Adolfo Sardi

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Adolfo was a milliner and worked in hat workshops in Paris for Balenciaga and Chanel. From Cardenas, Cuba, Adolfo started his career in fashion after encouragement from his aunt who had a fondness for French couture. 

7. Francisco Costa

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The Brazilian designer worked for Oscar de la Renta for some time before moving to design for Calvin Klein. There he oversaw the women’s collections.

8. Oscar De La Renta

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One of the greatest fashion icons of his time, Oscar de la Renta, used his culture and Dominican upbringing to inspire most of his designs. De La Renta studied painting in Spain.

9. Carolina Herrera

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The Venezuelan designer has dressed celebrity likes Sofia Vergara to Penelope Cruz. She grew up wearing made-to-order clothing and was inspired to design after seeing a Balenciaga fashion show at thirteen.

10. Custo Barcelona

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The Custo Barcelona brand was created by Spanish brothers David and Dalmau Custo. The two designers presented collections during the NYFW spring 1997 season. 

11. Narciso Rodriguez

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This Cuban-American’s minimalistic caught the industry’s eye when he designed John F. Kennedy Jr.’s wife, Carolyn Bessette, wedding dress. He was later awarded Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

12. John Galliano

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The controversial Spanish designer restored houses like Christian Dior and Givenchy back to fame with his designs in the 1990s. 

13. Lazaro Hernandez

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The Cuban-American designer moved to in New York to get into fashion. His styles have been featured in Vogue.

14. Isabel Toledo

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Toledo is another Cuban-American desginer. She studied design at  Parson’s New School of Design and FIT. She dressed Michelle Obama for the first time back in 2008 for her appearance at a New York City fashion world fund-raiser. 

15. Carlos Miele

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The Brazilian fashion designer sells his labels in over 30 countries. He specializes in women’s wear. 

16. Alejandro Ingelmo

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Like his Cuban grandmother, Ingelmo is a shoe designer. He won Swarovski Award for Accessory Design by the CFDA in 2014.

17. Margarita Alvarez

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The “Project Runway” designer from San Juan Puerto Rico specializes in designs for people of all shapes and sizes. Her designs most intriguing aspects have included her runway looks which are infused with her Latino root.s

18. Christian Cota

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The Mexican designer studied painting in Paris before he attended Parsons School of Design in 2005. After school, he started his career by assisting for Angel Sanchez. Style.com named Cota one of their “Ten Newcomers to Watch” of 2007.

19. Brian Reyes

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The designer from Miami moved toNew York when he was 17 to work for designer Oscar de la Renta. These days he has dressed actresses like Cate Blanchett and America Ferrera.

20. Carlos Campos

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The Honduran designer founded his company back in 2006. Before that, he graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and designed costumes for Broadway productions 

21. Rebecca Stirm

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Stirm competed on the Jamaican fashion design reality show “Mission Catwalk” back in 2012. At the time she placed third. Three years later she launched her brand TWIG & PEARL.


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Yalitza Aparicio Stars In Dior’s Women-Centric Film Series

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Yalitza Aparicio Stars In Dior’s Women-Centric Film Series

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In the two years that have passed since her debut as an actress in the 2018 Academy Award-winning film Roma, Yaltiza Aparicio has established herself as a Hollywood “get.” The Indigenous actress has appeared countless times on the cover of magazines, ones like Vogue México and Vanity Fair, and has been featured in ad campaigns for designers like Rodarte. So it’s no surprise that she has now been tapped to be part of Dior’s new campaign “Dior Stands with Women.”

As part of an effort to celebrate women across the film, beauty, and health industries Dior has launched its “Dior Stands with Women” campaign.

On Monday, the fashion brand announced it had launched a series of short films honoring women and their contributions to the industries and communities which they occupy. The campaign features actresses like Yaltiza Aparicio, model Paloma Elsesser, dancer Leyna Bloom, Cara Delevingne, Charlize Theron, Parris Goebel, and others.

In a statement about the campaign, Dior announced their intent in a post on Instagram. “Inspired by the exceptional women who have marked its history, Christian Dior Parfums unveils a series of short filmed portraits that give a chance to speak to extraordinary women,” it reads.

Speaking in the portrait series, Aparicio explains “For me, being a woman means being strong, always holding your head up because they tell you what they say, you must be sure of what you are capable of,” she went onto say that as “as an ambassador for UNESCO, my role is to represent indigenous communities with dignity. Give them a voice and visibility, which is something that we have lacked for a long time… Women have fought for many years for gender equality. It is not about being superior to men, it is about having the same opportunities, that in your work they give you a fair salary and not simply because you are a woman they pay you less or that they consider that you have fewer capacities simply because you are a woman.”

Speaking about their journeys, actresses Cara Delevinge and Charlize Theron touched on being unapologetic and part of male-dominated industries.

Check out Yalitza and the others in the Dior campaigns below.

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These $1,200 Gucci Jeans Are Designed With Grass Stains Around The Knees And Are Not Worth The Joke

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These $1,200 Gucci Jeans Are Designed With Grass Stains Around The Knees And Are Not Worth The Joke

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In these tough times, Gucci’s latest line proves that you might be able to get a fortune out of the jeans you use as workwear in the yard. The upscale label recently launched a new line of jeans and overalls featuring a grass stain effect on their knees. But these are not your father’s cutting the lawn jeans.

The oversized pants retail for a cool $1,400 and feature large pockets and side buttons…

Users on Twitter were quick to question whether or not the new jeans were a joke by Gucci or a reflection of just how tone-deaf the high-end label is.

“How did it take so long for this to become a thing? My entire wardrobe just became more valuable!” one user tweeted in response. A second user commented, “Yeah not a Good Look!!! Wouldn’t buy those Jeans at the Thrift Store for a Dollar!!!”

It wasn’t long ago that the designer brand received criticism for selling warn-in sneakers that were “treated for an all-over distressed effect.”

The kicks were valued at $870. The brand’s description of the shoe design boasted that it was inspired by “vintage” 70s styles.

“The Screener sneakers — named for the defensive sports move — feature the Web stripe on the side and vintage Gucci logo, treated for an allover distressed effect,” the website explained.

Takeaway? Money sure can’t buy good taste.

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