Backstage at Sergio Davila Spring Summer 2009

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“These women have been sailing on their way to Peru for over three months. Upon arrival, they take pieces of charcoal from the ship for their eyes and pinch their cheeks and lips in order to give them color. They are ready to mate.” – This is what our good friend and make-up extraordinaire, Karlo, told me as he took a brief pause in between painting the faces of the 31 models (with the help of four assistants) for  Peruvian designer Sergio Dávila’s show, held yesterday at the Salon tent in Bryant Park. Knit-wear was paired with cute shorts that had marine-inspired piping. Shades of blue played with cream-colored sweaters and classic black pieces that will sure last beyond next season. Something that was noticeably absent at Sergio Dávila was the presence of Latino models. If it wasn’t for the fact that the designer was from Latin America, the faces of most of the models came straight out of the Americana-Preppy aesthetic mold. Dónde están las curvas?

The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York Spring/Summer 2009 (or, the MB FW NY S/S 09 for all of you fashionistas out there) kicked off on September 5th and ends this Friday. Diseñadores latinos include Rosa Chá, Carolina Herrera, and Custo Barcelona. But Fashion Week expands beyond the tents of Bryant Park. On Sunday night, Marcelo Cunning spun during the Carlos Campos show and its after-party in Chelsea, and had the posh crowd dancing the night away to cumbias, vintage disco and even early 90’s rap. Definitely, not a Nacotheque, but still delivered all the goods, ready for mating. Just like the conquistadoras arriving in Peru.


Man of the hour Sergio Dávila (middle).

Models also smile?!

Karlo working his magic.

Finally on the runway.