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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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Maluma Teams Up With Luxury Brand Balmain For This Must-Have Fashion Collection

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Maluma Teams Up With Luxury Brand Balmain For This Must-Have Fashion Collection

It’s 2021 and we have no shortage of epic collaborations between some of the world’s biggest Latino stars and top fashion brands. Everyone from J Balvin and Bad Bunny to Cardi B and now Maluma have entered the fashion industry to sell a lifestyle. And people are buying!

Maluma and French fashion house Balmain bring us a limited-edition collaboration.

Colombian superstar Maluma has partnered with French fashion house Balmain to launch a limited edition collection that will be available from April 12 through June 1 in all Balmain stores, including brick and mortar and online.

The collection, which includes sneakers, blazers, t-shirts, pants and other ready-to-wear clothing, will also be available at Saks Fifth Avenue as of April 15.

The Balmain + Maluma line marks the first time ever the brand has designed a line with a celebrity. And it seems like the brand’s creative designer is pretty excited about the collab. Through photos on his Instagram, Olivier Rousteing referred to the reggaetón singer as his inspiration, captioned with supportive laudatory messages about merging their cultures and joint design process.

“Maluma, more than him being an incredible singer,” Rousteing notes, “[brings] a lot to the fashion community with his joy and his happiness and the fact that he’s always playing up his style from different kinds of houses from around the world, mixing different cultures as well… I think the collaboration with Maluma is obviously giving to Balmain and pushing the aesthetic more internationally.”

Maluma also seems to be pumped for the opportunity!

Although Balmain has featured other celebrities in advertising campaigns and runway shows, it has never actually enlisted a celebrity to help design a full, name-branded line.

The brand’s high profile, along with the haute-couture retail price of the collection, underscores how entrenched Maluma is now in the global fashion world and how valuable his endorsement and name is perceived by high fashion.

“It’s been one of my goals to work with a respected fashion house on a collection, but this journey was more exciting, as Olivier pushed me to design with him and sketch looks that I personally will wear off the stage and showcase high couture with a bit of Papi Juancho,” says Maluma, referencing both his album name and alter ego.

But if you want a piece of the collection be prepared to drop those coins.

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Items in the Balmain + Maluma collection range from a black cotton T-shirt that retails for $495, to $1,500 high top sneakers to a $2,555 multi-color print bomber jacket.

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

It’s 2021 and the Met Gala is back this year – after being canceled in 2020 thanks to a pandemic – with superstar poet Amanda Gorman being eyed to host the fashion event of the year. Given the 23-year-old’s show-stopping performance at the inauguration, the theme fittingly will be a celebration of America and American designers.

The Met Gala will return in 2021 with a very special guest as host.

Vogue’s “Oscars of Fashion” famously takes place on the first Monday of May. However, this year it’s been pushed back to September 13, in hopes that life will have returned to something closer to normal by then.

Epic poet Amanda Gorman is reportedly in talks to co-host the event alongside Tom Ford, who is the academy’s president. The breakout star of President Biden’s inauguration, Gorman is on the cover of the magazine’s May issue and the subject of a relentlessly glowing profile inside.

The black-tie gala, which raises funds for Met’s Costume Institute, is normally fashion’s biggest night and sees guests from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and even Maluma.

The event was canceled in 2020 thanks to a global pandemic.

The world’s most glamorous party was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, which was (and still is) raging the planet at the time. There was a virtual event in place of the 2020 event, with celebs like Julia Roberts, Priyanka Chopra and Amanda Seyfried showing off their looks from home and stars like Mindy Kaling and Adam Rippon taking part in the #MetGalaChallenge, recreating looks from past years.

This year’s event will draw inspiration from all things USA.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala has not been announced, but Page Six says the night will be devoted to honoring America and American designers, following the 18-month-long COVID crisis in this country.

Recent past themes for the event have included “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (2019), “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” (2018), and “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017). And don’t forget 2016, when Zayn Malik wore robot-arms to Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

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