Latin American Design at New York Fashion Week – FDLA shows during NYFW demonstrate the power of Latin American fashion
In the last edition of FDLA at NYFW, they proudly showcased the inclusive, diverse, and sustainable conservation approach followed by their initiative. Now more than ever, FDLA believes the future of fashion is LATAM.
This season, the official venue for FDLA shows is STUDIO 525, a luxurious space for arts and fashion events in the Big Apple’s historic West Chelsea Highline arts district. The designers were presented with an admirable aesthetic narrative, going hand in hand with the ethical principles of production and consumption in the industry. The work of well-known fashion designers was featured at the FDLA shows this week, such as that of Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, who has been a strong supporter of the FDLA organization since its earliest editions. The work of brands such as Toribio & Donato, from Costa Rica, was also featured; Cubel, from Colombia; Indira & Isidro jewelry, from Mexico; and Benito Fernández, from Argentina. Also, was the work of emerging talents such as Carmen Seminario and Elizabeth Muñoz, from Peru; Carlos Benguigui, from Venezuela; Yosmany Larrea, from Cuba; and Virgilio Madinah, from Colombia.
Attendees at the FDLA shows painted a portrait of what one might suppose to be the new sustainable urban luxury; one that deals with respect for the environment and practices that respect each link in the production process. The diversity was abundant, with colors and vibrations with allegories, the pop art of Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada, the contemporary impact of Toribio & Donato and Cubel, the solid goldsmith tradition of Indira & Isidro, the a classic take on the jewelry of Mansion de Perles, the pragmatism of Elan of México and the couture notes of Virgilio Madinah.
FDLA Albania Group Founder and CEO, Rosario says, “On every runway, the eternal reflection of fashion as art or craft came to my mind. Some argue that art has to do with eternal values and not with seasonal trends. But, it turns out that the trends recycle, reappear and are reinterpreted, each time transforming the streets into a moving and constantly evolving gallery. Thus, the arguments for whether textiles and fashion are art are also diverse. The important thing is that all the creators of FDLA create objects capable of making us better for everyone and for ourselves. This is the biggest and most global trend.
The launch of Marcas Latam
During the same week, Ms. Rosario also spearheaded the launch of FDLA’s new Marcas Latam project, a platform for designers and brands to interact with a global audience and sell their products from anywhere, at any time.
“Latam Brands, Brands of Latin America, emerges to empower Latin American fashion designers and entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and pursue their dreams,” says Alba Rosario. “The initiative promises a retail revolution that will connect designers and consumers around the world in a unique shopping experience.”
FDLA and Marcas Latam go beyond social events to show status and social distancing. They are platforms for the fashion industry in Latin America that understand and assume that inclusion and diversity, more than a slogan and a pose, must be today and tomorrow for everyone.