SS16 DESIGNERS

Jose Zafra

North Guadalupe, Peru

 

Culminating his studies in fashion design and obtaining the Golden Thimble for best designer in his school Geraldine . In 2004 , at the age of 19, he decided to make his first collection of 50 articles , which were exhibited and sold at a renowned fashion house , where he worked for about nine months . In 2006 Zafra opened his fashion house , when he was only 20 years. The imposing style of Jose Zafra and harmony of color, structure and fashion from the beginning attracted the attention of influential men and famous personalities of their country; granting him wide recognition in national and international shows , television shows, beauty pageants , etc.

 

Carlos Jose Sierra

Venezuela

 

Carlos Sierra was born in the city of Maracaibo, Venezuela in 1978, since his childhood he lived among fabrics, from an early age he began working for a textile company, this learns to identify by name each textile and texture. At 17 years old he began his academic training as a fashion designer at the Institute Monsignor of Talavera in the city of Maracaibo, where he qualified fashion designer, in training acquire the skills, technical and professional domain in Fashion design and manufacture. Upon completion of his career participating in different courses at the Fashion Design, in turn organizes workshops taught by Carlos Sierra in textile. In 2000 his young age opens fashion house Desing Carlos Sierra, CA, founded by the same Carlos fruit of their dreams, the same year launched its first collection which is displayed in the Lia Bermudez Arts Center in Maracaibo, from there moved to Caracas in Venezuela Fashion dresses, high-scale event in Venezuela, the collection ends its run El Salvador where Carlos Sierra gets the honor as nobel Designer.

 

Douglas Tapia

Caracas Venezuela

 

The acclaimed Venezuelan designer Douglas Tapia, the youngest of seven brothers, and who from childhood was curious costumes, fabrics and design. "I always wanted to study fashion but my family disagreed because they saw it as a serious profession. I am the youngest of seven children and all had a university degree. I decided to study Spanish literature at the University of Zulia (LUZ) "honoree recalled today, detailing who obtained his bachelor's degree with distinction Cum Laude. Later he decided to follow his dreams, studying design at the School of Fashion Monsignor of Talavera, so it must begin tutoring of letters and so pay for their studies. Tapia reported that, thanks to specialist fashion tips Weffer Francois learned to write editorials related to fashion, and not divert their desire to make creations with unconventional materials. "One day Weffer said, 'If you sit on the machine, you'll castrate your ideas, for convenience you will not dare to do more daring things. You need good seamstresses' "he said. Years later, Tapia became a renowned designer, able to spread the Wayuu fabrics for all occasions, create dresses for brides, teenagers and television stars also since 2006 he began working for the organization Miss Venezuela, and in 2012 , he was commissioned to design the official dress of Miss Panama.

 

Angie Polanco

Dominican Republic

 

Angie Polanco graduated in Advertising Communication at the APEC University of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Barcelona did a Master in Marketing Management in EAE Business School. Later he graduated in Industrial Pattern and Lingerie at the School of Design and Fashion Felicidad Duce, and in Fashion Design at the Escola de la Dona.   He devoted himself to design and pattern making practices Prontomoda group Badalona, ​​dedicated to the production of women's clothing. In January 2009 he won first prize in the European Competition II Bride Sur in El Aljarafe, Seville.   In July 2009 he was a finalist in the First Joaquim Mercader Competition for young designers in Badalona. In September 2009 he was selected to participate in the 28th edition of ModaFAD Project-T held in Barcelona.   In October 2009 he presented in Dominican Fashion 2009 his first collection Dual O / I, inspired by The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.   In January 2010 he started working with the team of Catalan designer Josep Font, internationally as one of the few Spanish designers who belongs to the exclusive club of haute couture organized by the Fédération Française de la Couture known. He is currently the creative director of the fashion Del Pozo.   In July 2010 he was elected a second time to participate in the 30th edition of ModaFAD Project-T held in Barcelona.   In October 2010 presented in Dominican Fashion 2010 his collection NOI O / I, inspired by the avant-garde art.   In November 2012 he was a finalist in the fourth edition of the competition for young designers Joaquim Mercader in Badalona.    From 2011 to 2013, working in the textile sector for the Inditex group, which owns brands like Zara, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Pull and Bear, Stradivarius and Lefties.

Miguel Genao

Dominican Republic

 

 

Mel Duran 

Puerto Rico

 

Mel Duran from PR and daugther of artist Rafael Duran and designer Isabel Reyes has been related to the industry since born. Owner of Pluzz Inc and accessory designer found great team with clothing designer Luis Enrique also from the island. Both designers presented their collection on top fashion shows around PR including South Fashion,Expo Moda,Plus Fashion Week and many more. As tv stylist and boutique owner Mel Duran has the chance to work with A listers as Deborah Carthy Deu ex Miss Universe, Sonia Valentin tv producer and socialite Wilenie Sepulveda. This february presenting collection with co designer Luis Enrique named Majestic Paradise. Brocades, limes, pinks.purples,crowns,clutches and lots and lots of  color gold are the trend for these Fall Winter 2015.

Hector Musse & Olga Alicea

Puerto Rico

 

From age nine, Hector Musse learned to unleash the imagination to conceptualize and draw what would eventually become the reality of the dream of every woman, to dress and feel like a queen. From his mother, Mrs. Olga Alicea, he received the first and most important lessons of the art of the needle and thread.  For over two decades, he has acquired the knowledge and has further developed his design and sewing skills.  

He studied at the “Academia D’Elegant” in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico and to satisfy his curiosity and desire to learn about the design of jewelry and accessories, he took a course in “Glory Fantasy”, also in the city of Mayagüez.  In 2004, he was the recipient of the “Kermesse de la Moda” award in San Juan.  In 2009, he successfully completed his goal of studying in the prestigious academy of Lisa Thon, where he was awarded for his work.  His philosophy is that fashion is designed and adapted to the personality of each woman and this is why each of his designs is unique and unrepeated.  Currently, he has an atelier in the city of San Germán, Puerto Rico.

Alejandro Ramirez

Venezuela

 

 

Jacqueline Benn Schuppe

Barbados

 

Born on the Island of Barbados, Jacqueline grew up surrounded by beauty. It was following the TV show “Style with Elsa Klensch” that sparked her interest in Fashion.  She was inspired by the designs of Karl Lagerfeld, who at the time was the designer for Chloe, which lead Jacqueline to pursue a career in fashion.  

It was upon moving to New York that her flair for fashion really blossomed.  She attended Berkeley College and FIT where she pursued her degrees in Fashion Marketing and Management, and Merchandising Management, respectively.

On her return to Barbados, Jacqueline was inspired to launch her first collection "Ling Ling" which was showcased at Bridgetown Barbados Fashion Week 2014, and BMEX (Barbados Manufacturer’s Expo).  Her collections were met with raved reviews from local media.  Since the shows, Jacqueline’s pieces has been showcased in the local newspapers and in several magazines.

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