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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

CREDIT: @carlotaalfaro / Instagram

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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Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible

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Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible

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It’s always really cool to see a big name brand embrace the art of our Latinidad. It’s like a nod to all of the great Latinx artisans who add beauty and color to our culture. In fact, seeing consumers enthusiastically welcome these goods feels like further validation. With this in mind, it makes this new collaboration all the sweeter for us art and fashion lovers.

Keds is collaborating with designers Thelma Dávila and Lolita Mia on a line inspired by the Latina-created brands.

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In what the shoe company is calling a “collaboration fiesta,” Keds released three fun and vibrant new designs.

Some of the shoes borrow inspiration from Thelma Dávila’s colorful Guatemalan textiles. Alternatively, other pairs utilize Lolita Mia’s festive fringe as embellishments. These touches combine with Keds’ original platform shoes to make a unique product.

Of the partnership with these new brands, Keds’ website says:

“It’s so rewarding to be able to be a part of the professional and personal growth of women who decided to follow their dreams. Entrepreneurs (especially female ones) are always brave, they’re risk-takers that believe strongly in themselves. And we believe in them too. We’re so excited to introduce you to our latest for-women-by-women collaborations.”

The Thelma Dávila brand is named after its Guatemalan founder.

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The company specializes in designing and crafting unique pieces by hand. Furthermore, their products utilize Guatemalan textiles, leathers and non-leather materials. Obviously, this collaboration is built on a solid relationship between the two brands. Since last year, Keds retail locations have carried Thelma Dávila bags and products in stores.

On their website, Keds said the design collaborations were intent on “taking geometric design and color cues from [Dávila’s] native culture, our classic Triple Kick gets transformed into a fiesta-ready standout.”

Founded by jewelry artisan and entrepreneur, Elena Gil, Lolita Mia is a Costa Rican accessory brand.

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While studying abroad in Italy, Gil made a significant personal discovery. She realized that ethnic crafts and traditions were very alike across regions. Specifically, they were similar in cultural importance. In light of this, she decided to start her own brand. Lolita Mia’s handmade products embrace what Gil has coined a “Universal Ethnic Luxury.”

Of the collaboration with Lolita Mia, Keds’ website reads:

“[The] aesthetic shines through in these playful renditions of our platforms in the form of fun, festive fringe and punchy tropical shades.”

The Ked × Lolita Mia collaboration has two designs while the Ked x Thelma Dávila collab is made up of one.

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“Triple Tassel” is a multicolored platform with purple, pink, orange and white tassels attached to the laces. “Triple Decker Fringe” is an off-white platform slip-on with multi-colored fringe and golden embellishments on top. The “Triple Kick” features a neutral platform with Guatemalan textile accents around the bottom.

Each design is priced at $70 a pair. Moreover, they are available exclusively on Keds’ website. Be sure to order yours today and add a little extra Latinx flare to your summer looks.

Over The Top Wedding Veils From Around The Globe

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Over The Top Wedding Veils From Around The Globe

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There’s something we have to address: we stan an over the top wedding veil. Hey, we just generally like a good veil. Because, if you’re going to go to the effort of veiling your face at your wedding, then why not put in a little more effort, and make your look extra AF? We’ve put together a collection of choice OTT wedding veil looks so that you can drool over them. Read on to find out which wedding veil style is your favorite!

1. Match the lace with the dress.

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This bride has done such a good job matching the lace on her veil with the lace on her dress, that it’s hard to tell where the dress ends and the veil begins! Part of perfecting a dramatic princess-like look is ensuring that you’re overflowing with delicate lace. Clearly, this groom is besotted with his gorgeous bride, and her style just completes shot.

2. Adorn the veil with pearls. 

Instagram / @millennialwifehood

Take this pearl of wisdom: decorating your veil in pearls is one way to make sure that it’s as eye-catching as possible. What’s the bet that this bride’s pearls are something old, or something new, or maybe something borrowed? This bride has played it smart when it came to wearing her set of pearls: with them weighing down the veil at the front, hopefully, everything stayed in place for both the ceremony and the reception!

3. Stuff tradition.

Instagram / @eventsunleashed

Who needs to do down the traditional route and wear the same kind of veil that everyone else is wearing? This bride has opted for a Hat-supported veil, which means that she’s not only protected from the sun for the day, but she’s also got her veil secured for as long as she needs it! Just think about how classy you’d look if you were in her shoes – or veil – while walking down the aisle.

4. Bigger is better.

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One easy way to really go over the top with your wedding veil is to wear the biggest veil you can find! You don’t necessarily need to get a super long veil to pull off this look. In fact, you may find it easier to manage the veil if doesn’t reach the floor. The catch is in making sure that the weight of your voluminous veil is well-balanced, so it doesn’t fall off your head!

5. Longer is lovely, too.

Instagram / @biancabeii

Nothing screams “majestic” more than having an extra-long veil. We’re talking longer-than-your-train kind of long. Even if your hair is pulled back in a classic style, your long veil can make it seem like you’ve got to-die-for tresses. Can you imagine trying to pull off a Pantene-appropriate hair swish with a long veil like this? In short, it would be epic

6. Your veil can be your crowning glory.

Instagram / @vicstudios1

If you think that your veil isn’t extra enough for your big day, then why not jazz up your style with a crown? Especially since a tiara can be the ultimate accessory if you want to feel like a queen on your wedding day. This bride has pulled off the look effortlessly, by making sure not to overdo it with other jewelry and accessories.

7. Longer, plus bigger, equals magnificent.

Instagram / @wedding.tribe

This bride knows how to go all out with her veil. It’s long, and it’s big, and it’s wonderful! See the way that the veil is opaque? That means it’s got to be hella heavy. This bride is carrying some weight on her head.

8. It’s not just about the veil’s style, it’s about how you wear it.

Instagram / @monique_powers

This bride knows how to rock a veil. It’s transparent enough that you can see her face and her divine makeup, but it’s opaque enough that the back of her head is pretty well concealed.

9. It’s all about the little details.

Instagram / @demofotografo

The best way to show off your love of over the top veils is to wear one that has the tiniest, and most intricate, lace detail through it. It’s feminine, and it’s just such a special way of putting your own unique touch on the veil, too. Personalization is everything these days, amigos. 

10. Consider the design at the edge of the veil.

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The thing is, you need to think about how to protect your veil from getting really wrecked while you’re traipsing through town taking timeless wedding photos. Because let’s face it, the ground is just filled with grime. So, if you have a solid hem around the edge of the veil, you know that it should help in protecting your veil against snagging and becoming ruined. And you know what else? You can use the hem to invest in a little extra-ness, just like this bride here.

11. Consider how the veil looks on camera.

Instagram / @marysol_sanroman

There is no way that this shot occurred naturally. This bride would have been planning this photo for months, thinking about how she’d need someone to stand just a little off-camera to maneuver a giant fan, and how she’d need a wedding veil that would look just right. That’s why she picked the most over the top veil, complete with lace designs throughout, to really get the effect she wanted. Learn from this, babes.

12. Stuff the white veil.

Instagram / @dragonproducciones

Who needs a white veil when you could just go all-out in red? Who are we kidding: over the top wedding veils include standout wedding hairpieces, as well. Besides, a deep crimson like this color captures the real spirit of the wedding – true love and passion.

13. Veils don’t need to have straight edges!

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Curves are cute, too. This bride clearly knew this when she was picking her veil and followed suit. One thing to keep in mind is that if you are going for this style, consider how it’s going to work with your hair on the big day. The trickiest part is figuring out how to tuck it in properly so you can show off the beauty of the veil, without it falling out halfway through the fiesta!

14. Keep the detail at the tail of the veil.

Instagram / @ximenazermeno

We all know that the part of the veil everyone sees the most when you’re walking down the aisle is the end of it. So, why not save the most over the top parts of the veil to the very end? It means everyone can appreciate your taste, and you’re not going to be kicking yourself over the fact that the best part of your veil is hidden away in your perfectly-coiffed hair. It’s a win-win for all.

So, which wedding veil style was your favorite? Were the veils too over the top for you, or not extra enough for your tastes? Tell us about it on Twitter – you can find it by clicking on the logo at the top of the page.

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