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Elevate Your Fashion With These Latino Fashion Designers

Spring is upon us and so is a brand new fashion season. If you’re looking to update your inspo feed or just searching for some new Latino creatives to support, we’ve got you. From the famous to the newly blossoming, don’t think Latinos aren’t creating masterpieces that reflect and contribute to our culture.

Oscar de la Renta

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There isn’t a soul on this planet that hasn’t revered Oscar de la Renta’s designs. The Dominican’s work has been modeled by Kerry Washington, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez.

Isabella Springmühl Tejada

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Guatemalan Tejada is inspiring us all with her “Down to Xjabelle” fashion line. Tejada has Down syndrome and was at first rejected from design school for this reason. After persisting, her work has since been featured at London Fashion Week.

Alexa Rodulfo

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Lazaro Hernandez was born in Miami to Cuban parents. After he graduated from Parson’s School of Design, his entire senior thesis was bought by Barneys New York.

Angel Sanchez

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Venezolano Sanchez has given us both casual wear and bridal wear. His foundation for design is based on his previous career as an architect.

Carolina Herrera

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Herrera is the biggest name in Venezuela, and likely all of Latin America. Her style was first celebrated back when she was in the public eye as Emilio Pucci’s publicist. Her clothing is the definition of elegance.

Giannina Azar

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Azar is a Dominican-Lebanese breakout designer who already has the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Thalia on her client list. Think sequins and leggy J-Lo ready costumes.

Carlota Alfaro

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Puerto Rican designer Alfaro has been in the fashion industry since the 1950s, so you may recognize her name in department stores. Here you can see her adjusting the dress used for Bellas Artes de San Juan’s Beauty & the Beast performance.

Gabriela Hearst

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Uruguayan Hearst is giving us all the chic accessories we need. Peep this Cashmere Gauze Ravenna Dress and Reeves Velvet Sandal featured in Harpers Bazaar.

Eby

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Sofia Vergara and Renata Black came together to give us all this high quality, highly inclusive seamless underwear brand. Plus, paying $16 a month for fresh underwear delivered to your door also feels pretty accessible.

Lazaro Perez

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Cuban New Yorker Lazaro has given us all our favorite dresses we’ve shipped on Say Yes to the Dress. His bridal collection is masterful and elegant.

Macario Jimenez

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Guadalajara born Jimenez is known for his fairytale motif in all his work. His wedding line makes every bride feel like an untouchable Queen.

Selva Negra

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Given to us by Kristen Gonzalez and Sam Romero, Selva Negra prides itself in bringing Latino vibrancy mainstream without compromising production ethics.

Maria Cornejo

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Chile based designer Cornejo is all about women owned businesses. That’s why she emphasizes her brand as “designed by women for women.” We hope that means comfort.

Haider Ackermann

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Colombia-born Ackermann is best known for his textured designs rich in deep, vibrant colors. Award-winning Ackermann is in high demand, with the likes of Chanel and Dior fighting to attain his creative expertise.

Narcisco Rodriguez

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Cuban-American Rodriguez worked for Calvin Klein before making his own name for himself. Rodriguez gifts us both garments and fragrance.

Patricia Bonaldi

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Brazilian born Bonaldi is a brand that was created from high demand. As people started asking for custom made gowns, she launched the PatBO brand. Bonaldi is also charitable. She’s opened the Patricia Bonaldi School of Embroidery to help support other families.

Silvia Tcherassi

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Tcherassi was born and raised in Colombia. After building her empire in fashion, Tcherassi has gone on to open a hotel and spa in Cartagena.

Willfredo Gerardo

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This Cuban-Mexican designer has given us many red carpet looks at Latin Billboard shows. He’s even been featured in Miami Swim Week on several occasions.

Rebecca Stirm

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Belize-born Stirm has found success in fashion before but felt she had a responsibility to the environment. She closed her old company and created TWIG & PEARL, which uses at least 75 percent natural materials in each of its artisan-crafted products.

Nancy Gonzalez

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You’ve likely seen Colombian Gonzalez’s luxury handbags at Saks Fifth. No matter how big her brand gets, however, she keeps the production rooted in her home community. All bags are created in her native city.

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Texas Police Find The Body Of Missing Mother Of Two In A Lake

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Texas Police Find The Body Of Missing Mother Of Two In A Lake

Domestic violence in the country continues to be one of the leading causes of deaths toward women. On average, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. Even if women try to follow the law by placing a restraining order against their partners or attempt to leave the relationship, that is sometimes not enough.

A 26-year-old mother of two had been missing for two months before police finally found her body in a lake.

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Weltzin Garcia Mireles from Grand Prairie, Texas, was first reported missing on Feb. 28. The date coincided with reports that her boyfriend, 28-year-old Alfonso Roderick Hernandez was missing as well.

On that day that Hernandez sent his family a goodbye text and also apologized to them. The disappearance of both individuals was extremely upsetting to Mireles’s family especially because she accused Hernandez of domestic abuse just a week before they went missing.

According to the reports, police had a warrant for his arrest in January on domestic violence charges. Hernandez’s body, however, had been located in another lake just a week ago. The results of his autopsy have yet to be disclosed.

Even though police had recovered his body, Mireles’ twin sister still believed she was alive.

Atziry Garcia told a local CBS news affiliate that she thought her sister could have been a victim of sex trafficking.

“People go missing every day and girls go missing every day, and they don’t know where they are,” Atziry Garcia told the news channel.  “Maybe my sister is one of those girls that was taken against her will and doing sex trafficking.”

In a March 21 Facebook post, Atziry stated that she didn’t believe that her sister’s boyfriend could have harmed her.

“There is no doubt that someone took advantage of my sister’s situation,” she said. “Alfonso loved my sister very much and he would never do something like that to her or his family.”

The Dallas News is reporting that police will continue to investigate this case including Mireles’ cause of death.

Aside from her twin sister, Mireles leaves behind two small children ages 3 and 6.

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A Gofundme page has been set up to help with funeral costs and to assist her children.

“There are two small children involved who are now being cared for by the victims’ twin sister who desperately wants answers and needs help to support these two children in addition to her own three. Please consider donating in support of this family.”

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