Each season when I attend New York Fashion Week, I’m inspired with so many ideas by a multitude of designers that, at times, it’s hard to keep it all in perspective. So, when someone asks me which show, or should I say, which designer was my favorite, it’s a hard question to answer. I usually have to go back and review all the thousands of photographs I’ve taken throughout the week to come up with an informed response. As I looked through the shots I took at designer Luis Antonio’s runway show, I realized that every single look he did, and every print the chose, was absolutely perfect! For more about this Puerto Rico born designer, check out his brief biography here. Not too over the top, not too derivative, but overall, just right. Accessible, yet modern and traditional without being boring is a good summation of his take on fashion today. The big story this season with this designer was his mastery of using print fabrics and combining them to make beautiful garments. I’m going to highlight a few of his looks below, but please click through the slideshow to take in all of his glorious work. I think you’ll agree that this was truly a memorable collection.
The feminine silhouette of this strapless dress (right) brings to mind a more elegant and refined time, like the 1950s. But, his combining of the stripes on the full skirt with the more abstract pattern of the top of the dress is just awe-inspiring. I also really liked the way the model's hair and makeup was done. It’s both soft and romantic. The gladiator sandals, which lace all the way up the ankle, are another thing to take note of on all the models here.
The stripes on this strapless jumpsuit (left) don’t quite match up, but that’s what makes it a little more modern and slightly edgy. The colors of the print in peach, brown, gray and beige set off the lean lines of the high waistline. The pockets also make it both playful and fun. This is a resort look, or a fabulous way to dress for an afternoon or evening on the town.
The rope print fabric of this flirty day dress is just spectacular! The subtle coloration lends itself well to the way he has placed the pattern on the garment itself. This is a great example of a dress that is both modest and sexy at the same time. When in doubt show off your legs if you can! Once again, note the gladiator sandals which work so well with every piece in the collection.
This talented designer also showed us some glamorous beaded pieces (below) with a subtle shimmer and shine. I especially liked this sleeveless shift dress that had interesting petal-like beading throughout. The off-white color makes it seasonless. It could be as easily worn for New Year’s Eve as it could for a wedding reception in the spring.
Take this collection as a whole in our slideshow below - you’ll start to see what really makes fashion tick! Going with an idea or two and then expanding on those things creates a cohesive, wearable vision! You may also take some cues from the prints and shapes we see in the photographs. These are classic silhouettes that suit any number of women’s shapes and sizes. While you’re out shopping at Goodwill for new ideas for your own wardrobe you may want to take heed of some of these and adapt them to suit your own style! No matter what you do, or what you wear, you’ll always be a HUGE part of supporting our mission through your generous donations or purchases!