NEW YORK – The fashion house founded by legendary Dominican couturier Oscar de la Renta and Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada gave the fifth day of the New York Fashion Week on Tuesday a distinctly Latino vibe with colorful parades showcasing their respective spring-summer 2020 collections.
De la Renta’s new designs, under the creative direction of Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, included informal dresses and light silken kaftans with flowers and stripes in yellow, beige and salmon-pink hues that harkened back to the Hispanic roots of the firm’s late founder.
But the elite fashion house’s crown jewels were the delicate gala dresses – which seemed made straight for the red carpet – in pastel tones and black confected with tulle fabric and embedded with stones and shiny appliques in the shape of flowers and leaves.
Meanwhile, Ruiz de la Prada, with her explosion of color, was in charge of opening the catwalk of the Designers of Latin America show in Manhattan, one of the most anticipated events of this year’s NYFW.
To the rhythm of fast-beat music – including reggaeton –, the models walked and blew kisses at the audience, displaying body-fitting short sequin skirts that played with colors such as gold, orange and dark pink or silver, light blue and indigo blue.
They also showcased orange blouses with distinctive green hearts on the front, as well as others with printed stars, which adorned the deep-blue high-and-wide heels.
The Spanish designer, who has no qualms about mixing colors and shapes, included a wide sleeveless dress with a round neck and a print of tiny hearts.
Her collection also featured short padded skirts, blouses with floral prints of green, blue and orange and yellow overalls with prints of golf clubs, a design she re-used for a blue sports ensemble.
In addition, the models wore some comfortable-looking pieces suitable for the summer season – for which short skirts stood out – as well as knee trousers in bright orange and short dresses without sleeves, some padded.
Speaking to the media ahead of the fashion show, Ruiz de la Prada – who presented 70 fashion shows in different countries in 2018 – said that this year, she was taking home two main ideas: on the one hand, the “absolute importance of the themes of nature and the ecology” – an allusion to the “fever” of making everything recyclable and sustainable – and the “enormous importance” of all African cultures on the other.