And the last striking collection for Day 1 was the Dominican Republic’s, Angie Polanco with her debut bridal collection.
Angie has been designing ready to wear and kids apparel for quite some time, but she wanted to try her hand at something new and this collection was a pure success. With something old and something new, her dresses had something for every woman wanting to take a walk down the aisle.
In conversation during the press conference the evening before she and I talked about body positivity, and inclusivity of all women’s sizes when designing apparel.
She voiced that in her country and many other Latin American countries, designers don’t see the same issues as in the United States. There isn’t a stigma about designing couture and high level fashion for the curvy customer. Latinas are confident about their bodies no matter what size they are and exude it in their attitude.
She said the majority of Latinas truly are the curvy customer that is finally just now being embraced here in the U.S. and Latino designers see no difference in designing for curvy or straight bodies.
Gorgeously draped gowns with a modern aesthetic to gowns with layers of ruffles or lace treatments, Polanco’s debut collection has pieces that span a wide breadth of looks for any bride to be.
Congratulating the talented Angie Polanco after her debut bridal collection.
After day one’s shows it’s hard to imagine that it can get any better, but the beat goes on and there’s so much more to see as the week continues. It truly is one of the most inspiring times of the year for me as a design director. I love the excitement and energy of everyone when it comes to NYFW. Stay tuned for day two’s shows!
About the author
Tina Trevino is the Senior Design Director of KBL Group Intl. Ltd. in NYC and manages their large creative design team. Partner and Director Community Relations for Latin Business Today. She shares all of her insight on upcoming fashion trends for the season with her team to start the collaborative design process. The company specializes in sweaters, knits and wovens. It provides product for ladies, men, contemporary, jr, and children. Tina specializes in coordinating directly with large US retailers to design exactly into their targeted customer needs. With many years under her belt in the industry, she has also gained the ability to go beyond the fashion component and help to work through sourcing, fitting, production and merchandising issues as well.