The island of Hispaniola is half Spanish, half French and a well-publicized mecca for recruiting baseball talent and lanky, exotic models. During a week in October design talents from across South and Central America, Spain and the Caribbean converge on Santo Domingo for a fashion week event that can rival the ready-to-wear shows in New York and London.
The Dominicana MODA team transforms Hotel Occidental El Embajador from a stately landmark, to a haute hangout appointed with slick Philippe Starck furnishings and the vibrancy of Rio. Latin-techno vibes pour from deejays who serve a tempo for the march of stilettos that shuttle between slick lounges sponsored by Miller Beer, Grey Goose and Johnnie Walker. Shows attract crowds you would expect for a visit from the Pope. When the catwalk lights dim and disco balls are lit nightlife twirls into dawn.
Designers in this presentation: Belkola, Jusef Sanchez, Juan Cotes, Angie Polanco, Claudia Arce, Moises Quesada, Jeannette Limas, Jacqueline Then, Tatiana Torres, Cub Sexy Man, Guttierez Marcano and Oscar de la Renta.
© SEAN DRAKES
Published in SHE Caribbean magazine.
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