Las Fabulosas: Beauty & Style
Reyes del Runway: Designers to Watch at Miami Fashion Week
By Julie D. Andrews for Las Fabulosas
Stylistas will descend upon Miami Beach International Fashion Week, which kicks off on March 20. Founded in 1999, the runway extravaganza showcases emerging and established talent from across Latin America and around the world. Here are some of the diseÃ±adoras whose stars are rising.
Paola Peres, who designs leather accessories, is â€œnerviosa.â€ Sheâ€™s making her debut of her latest collection, Complementos. The pieces include leather clutches, purses, belts and accessories. â€œEvery piece captures all my soul, my feelings,â€ says Peres, who learned to work with leather while studying in Italy and Argentina. She generates ideas â€œfrom colors, textures, scents and even songs. I love to travel and comb the towns looking for inspiration.â€
Last yearâ€™s winner of the International Emerging Jewelry Designer of the Year award, Maria Hamilton, will also be in attendance, armed with new jewelry. â€œWinning the award gave me an incentive to do more; it pushed me to design high-end pieces.â€ With her new collection, she says, â€œI focused on big pieces and made earrings with precious stones.â€ Hamilton, who worked in finance for seven years, recalls how she made the switch. â€œWherever I went, people stopped to ask where I got my jewelry, which I had made,â€ she says, laughing. â€œIt was my hobby.â€ After a year of jewelry-making classes at a local museum, things became clear: â€œI wanted to do this full-time. I love this.â€
Before becoming a beachwear designer, Colombiana Liliana Montoya was a modelo and a television presenter. Growing up in Medellin, Montoya loved sports and staying in shape. Itâ€™s no wonder that by 2006, the 5-foot-11-inch stunner had launched High Swimwear, a line of upscale bathing suits. â€œThe brand is based on the evolution of the bikini,â€ Montoya says of her reinterpretation of the bikini, which once was worn â€œfor athletic purposes.â€ Today, she also makes one-piece swimsuits, and she infuses every ensemble with a fresh femininity, a lot of bright colors and bold prints.
Julie D. Andrews Â is a writer based in New York City.
Her articles have appeared in print and on the websites of Las Fabulosas,Â Prevention, SHAPE,Â Glamour, Elle and FitnessÂ as well as on Yahoo.com, YourTango.com and MSN.com.