Argentine designers showcase Latin talent at New York Fashion Week

Fri Sep 6, 2013 7:37pm EDT
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - With tailored suits, intricate knits and meticulously hand-dyed fabrics, Argentine designers displaying their Spring 2014 collections at New York Fashion Week on Friday showed the South American nation's fashion industry is flourishing.

The seven Buenos Aires-based designers chosen to represent Argentine fashion ranged from Romina Reinoso, 25, showing the first collection of her label Tenaz, to Fabian Zitta, who has created costumes for TV and films, and industry veteran Viviana Uchitel.

"I'm starting here is New York, which is amazing," said Reinoso, whose simple, elegant collection featured a hand-printed beaded jumpsuit and jacket in muted colors, pleated trousers and a silk, backless copper-colored gown.

"I like to accentuate the woman's body but I don't want her to be uncomfortable," she added in an interview before the show.

Zitta, who will be opening a showroom in New York in six months, used laser cut, layered patterns in vinyl on a shoulder overlay and belt to give a three-dimensional effect to a white organza gown and on a cropped jacket in his collection inspired by the buildings of Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid.

He paired his designs, mainly in white apart from two yellow gowns, with handmade shoes and accessories.

For designer Mariana Dappiano, the textiles, all of which she designs herself, come first and the styles follow.

"The first thing I need to think about is patterns, without that I can't do anything," said Dappiano, who featured silks and chiffons in patterned prints in blues, greens and whites in flowing dresses and gowns.   Continued...