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Mexican designers take to catwalk at New York Fashion Week

New York City, Sep 9 (EFE).- Mexican designers took to the New York Fashion Week catwalk on Sunday, led by Benito Santos, with a collection inspired by the country and characterized by elegance and femininity.

“Mexican Pink,” which has become an emblem of national identity, was the name of the collection that Santos brought to the catwalk as part of the presentation of ONxSET, a platform that brought designers together for the fourth year.

Celebrating 15 years of his eponymous brand, Santos’ extensive collection was made up of sensual dresses that accentuated the waist and included capes, short ruffled skirts, and sets of pants with a jacket or bustier to “empower” women who like to be the center of attention, the famous designer told EFE.

“I like to empower women so they can continue fighting for that place that we have not given them for a long time due to culture, due to idiosyncrasy, but I believe that today she is already occupying the place that she should always have,” he said.

Santos opted for tulle, silk, chiffon, metallics, rhinestones, feathers, draping and brocade for his collection highlighted by large handmade flowers at the waist or on the shoulders.

“With this collection I culminate the celebration of my 15 years. For Mexicans this color has great meaning,” he said, adding that pink is used in Mexican folklore clothing.

“It is very common for someone in Mexico to tell us ‘I want a pink Mexican dress,’” he said prior to his presentation.

For the couturier, the event opened doors for Latin American designers and showed “all that cultural wealth that allows us to express our folklore, which is so rich.”

Other Mexicans who brought their talent to Fashion Week were Iván Gallegos and Davis Márquez, the brains behind Iann Dey, who in just 11 years have managed to make a name for themselves and bring their collections to the important catwalks in New York, London and Paris.

Their collection, inspired by nymphs, was characterized by rich rhinestones, draping and transparency, with some pieces simulating fins and scales in a mix of fabrics, and there was no lack of a futuristic touch.

Dresses in light gray, indigo blue, gold, deep violet, and a combination of leather, handmade, and textile bodices stood out.

“The Iann Dey woman is a woman who does not like to go unnoticed,” said the creatives, who have dressed figures such as Naomi Campbell and Paris Hilton.

Also on the ONxSet catwalk was Manuel Tiscareno, who has stood out in particular for his wedding dresses. On Sunday he closed his collection with a modern version of that very special piece, which consisted of a white jacket and a wide skirt with train.

According to Denise Carranza, creator behind ONxSET, the objective of the event is to give Mexican and Latin American designers an international platform, as well as connect them with buyers from department stores and important fashion magazines and international media. EFE


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