NY Fashion Week Kicks Off Tomorrow And You Can Stream Shows Live – Here are the Latino Designers to Watch

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Theoretically, it’s awesome living in one of the fashion capitals of the world. But practically, for most of us Fashion Week in New York is less about glamour and more about not being able to get a cab, a table at a restaurant, or a spot on the sidewalk anywhere in the vicinity of the Upper West Side or the Meatpacking. Lucky for us, while we may not be able to get tickets to the most coveted shows, we can still watch them in real-time. NYFW host IMG has partnered with Rightster and will stream all 54 of the shows on its own website at mbfashionweek.com. The nine shows taking place at NYFW’s other hub, MADE Fashion Week, will be hosted on http://new.livestream.com/madefashionweek.

Here are a few Latino designers whose shows you should be sure to stream!


Gabriela Perezutti lives in New York City but her identity is deeply rooted in her Uruguayan ranching upbringing; her family lineage can be traced back over two hundred years to her native country located between Argentina and Brazil. Her style incorporates these equestrian and traditional gaucho influences and combines them with edgy elements inspired by the urban postmodern city in which she resides. Candela blends all these diverse elements into a truly unique creative direction and applies it to both ready-to-wear and shoes.

Thursday, February 07
2:30-3:30PM / BOX


Sergio Dávila was the winner of Fashion Group International´s Rising Star Award for Best Menswear Designer 2009 in New York City. At the beginning of 2010 he was one of the Nominees for Best Menswear Designer of the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation. In mid 2010, Collezioni Magazine selected his S/S 2010 collection as one of the most representative menswear collections at New York Fashion Week. The collection emphasizes the quality of natural textiles. An intelligent and chic style conceived in the USA with influence from millenary techniques used in the knitwear and textiles of his native Peru.

Thursday, February 07


Mexican-American designer Cesar Galindo been impeccably designing dresses, gowns & suitings with the Galindo trademark of orchestrated seams, one-seam garments, and engineered doses of lux architecture for the last 23 years. In addition to designing his own collection, he is also a contract designer for private clients such as Joan Jett, Courtney Cox, Madonna, and for established labels including, L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani, Dolce & Gabbana where he designed predominately for celebrities for nine years followed by seven seasons for Calvin Klein Collection under the design direction of Francisco Costa. Cesar Galindo launched his secondary collection in the Fall of 2011, CZAR by Cesar Galindo, consisting predominately of dresses and soft separate components and varied edgier statement items. CZAR offers a younger sophisticated version of his signature collection at a contemporary price point.

Friday, February 08


Born into an Italian-Venezuelan family, the precocious Cennamo began designing as a young adolescent. Being involved in his brother’s model agency allowed him the opportunity to showcase his vision and style at an early age by dressing the Venezuelan models and beauty queens. Cennamo cultivated his vast understanding of couture design at IFAC in Miami, now known as Miami International University of Art & Design. The designer’s popularity grew quickly, enabling him to open his first atelier in Venezuela and to eventually launch his couture eveningwear label in 2006, which uses bold colors and luxurious fabrics coupled with edgier structures to reinterpret classic couture silhouettes, creating a truly beautiful effect. He has dressed a variety of prominent celebrities and socialites including Beyonce, Toni Collette, Carrie Underwood, Eva Longoria, and Gwen Stefani to name a few.

Saturday, February 09
2:30-3:30PM / BOX


Continually pushing the boundaries of style with her juxtaposition of classicism and modernity, Carolina Herrera has resided at the helm of her eponymous label for decades of fervent acclaim. Proving with each new season that sensibility paired in tandem with femininity and a concentration on all things contemporary, Herrera has outfitted women worldwide with an aesthetic all her own. Herrera has built an empire, consequently aligning her name synonymously with New York City and all things luxury. Forever concluding her ready to wear shows with a wedding gown, Herrera introduced her bridal line in 1987. Approaching bridal collections with the diversity and progressive style innate in her ready to wear collections, Herrera cornered the market for brides in search of a more fashion conscious offering. Since the bridal collection’s conception, Herrera has outfitted alter bound brides such as Caroline Kennedy and Kristen Stewart’s character Bella Swan in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”. Finding resonance on the runway, down the aisle and in the pages of fashion magazines, Herrera soon found a new home on the red carpet, dressing stars both on the rise and Hollywood iconic.

Monday, February 11


With an innate desire to push the boundaries, Hernan Lander employs visions of modern art and innovative forms of architecture in everything he creates. Beginning his journey at Altos De Chavon in the Dominican Republic, Lander was recognized with the Silver and Amber Thimble awards, and was awarded a full scholarship to study at Parsons New School for Design in Manhattan. Lander premiered his collection at the Edison Ballroom as part of iFashion Week S/S 2010, and at the Openhouse Gallery during F/W 2010. The collection received an overwhelming response by editors, stylists and the media, and Hernan was even nominated as the “Breakout Designer for 2010” by TimeOut magazine. His creations have been worn by Ashanti, Toni Braxton, Iron Man’s Olivia Munn, Twilight’s Julia Jones as well as Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Dominican Republic. Several pieces of his collection have also been featured in the music videos of The Valkyrias and Melanie Fiona, as well as the season finale of Model Latina, season 3.

Monday, February 11
2:30-3:30PM / BOX


Ricardo Seco was born in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico and is considered to be one of Mexico’s most influential designers. Throughout his career, Ricardo has established himself with creative partnerships, including the leading footwear company Converse. As their Creative Director, Ricardo merged his groundbreaking designs with the company’s iconic Chuck Taylor sneaker. Other creative partnerships include international brands Disney and Casa Cuervo. Ricardo’s creations are designed with both men and women in mind and are easily recognized for their uniqueness, cleanliness of fabric detail, patterns and sophisticated fit.

Wednesday, February 13
7:30PM / EYEBEAM, 540 W 21ST ST