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Latino Fashion Week - Timeless (Friday Recap)

Friday, October 09, 2015 HALFSTACK MAGAZINE

Latino Fashion Week concluded another amazing year last week. The Timeless Style..His & Hers showcased a slew of incredibly talented designers who are at the top of their game. They also announced the winner of the Face if Sarar contest. The evening was kicked off by musician and local guitar hero El Bandelero.

Photography by:  Dwight Bejec for Halfstack Magazine

Fashion was provided by some of the best known national and international designers. The focus of the evening was on menswear. Featured designers included Iridium Clothing and Sarar USA, with some amazing women’s fashion by Carmela Osorio Lugo and Gemma Pitarch (Representing Ecuador Fashion Week). The evening benefitted the Illinois Hispanic Nurses Association, chapter of National Association of Hispanic Nurses.

Packed house at Block 37

Latino Fashion Week Founders Arabel Alva Rosalez & Cesar Rolon

Carmela's collection was incredible. For such a young designer, her skills are beyond that of her years. Her ability to create works of art through patterning and draping was amazing. Her style had a touch of retro with futuristic undertones through the use of fun mesh fabrics and  cuts.

Iridium brought their a-game to the show as well. Their futuristic styling mixes urban streetwear with high end couture inspired pieces. The collection reflected a nod towards military inspired fabrications with traditional detailing showcased on moto pieces reminiscent of the quilting techniques of the 70s. 

Gemma's collection was imaginative and curated very well. Each piece of the collection mixed and matched well for an interchangeable capsule collection. Throughout the showcase, each of her model would remove a piece or edit the way it was worn to transform the overall look of the collection. An amazing concept that showcases how versatile her collection is. 

Finally, the menswear designer Sarar USA truly modernized the traditional tux and three piece suit for his latest collection. Menswear can sometimes be quite unoriginal, but Sarar brought imagination, playfulness and attitude to the runway. Two tone tuxedos, bow ties, slim euro inspired cuts and beautiful tailored jackets were the back bone of the collection. The contestants in the running to win The Face of Sarar brought about fierce competition. Yet, it came down to one gentleman in the end. 
Isaias Perez Torres brought down the house and took home the grand prize and was announced as the Face of Sarar.

Overall, the night was filled with beautiful fashion, a diverse audience and fun entertainment all set in the beautiful third floor space of Block 37. The Latino Fashion Week truly met their mission and brought beautiful fashion by Latinos for Everyone. We are already looking forward to next years events!!

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