By Stephanie Felix and Gigi LaBelle
The upper echelon of Latin and Hispanic fashion were in rare form this past Valentine’s Day, when the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Tourism hosted a private press conference and cocktail reception at New York City’s Latin Quarter promoting the 3rd Annual República Dominica Fashion Week (RDFW). The event will take place in San Souci, a resort enclave near Santo Domingo from May 31st-June 4th 2011.
Celebrities in attendance included high fashion supermodel Arlenis Sosa, recording artist Kat DeLuna, celebrity stylist Paolo DiValdi, and char topping Billboard artists from the Bachata group 24 Horas. All were there to represent a wonderful array of Dominican culture. Also in attendance was fashion impresario from the hit Bravo reality show “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Dwight Eubanks, who said that he was impressed by this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. “The energy is incredible, this year is different,” Dwight said. “The creative energy is flowing.” Celebrities and party revelers alike enjoyed the festivities while sipping signature mixed drinks provided by Brugal, the national rum of the Dominican Republic, and viewing merengue performers who danced the night away.
Dominican supermodel and spokesmodel of Lancôme, Arlenis Sosa, was as fierce as ever! She took time out of her busy schedule to relax and socialize before heading off to Europe for a photo shoot with photographer Mario Testino. Arlenis said that she was amazed to see the growth of the Dominican Republic in the fashion world and was “very happy to support.” It was definitely a night for the fashionable and fabulous.
Janice Torres, press contact for the event and President of Social Butterflies at Work, worked on marketing the event for client R. Paniagua, Incorporated. Torres’s goal is to bring the sensibilities developed from working in the mass market, to that of the Hispanic market, which is growing and changing everyday. “A lot that happens in pop culture involves Latinos,” said Torres, “it is the culmination of many different cultures.” This is the first in a series of other events that will market the upcoming week.
This fashion week will showcase some of Latin America’s most talented designers, make up artists, stylists, and models. Simultaneously, it will provide an opportunity for native designers to gain international exposure. Fashion elite such as Angel Sanchez, Lulu Guinness, Luca Luca and Custo Barcelona have presented their collections in previous years and the 2011 lineup will continue to exemplify the best of high fashion and current trends. The Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Tourism’s slogan is that it “Has It All”, and this fashion symposium should definitely be added to the long list of reasons to visit the beautiful island. Not only does it celebrate the exuberance of Dominican culture, it showcases the multicultural dimensions and vibrance of Latinoamérica y El Caribe. RDFW will, without a doubt, solidify the Dominican Republic’s rightful position as a leader in multifaceted world of haute couture.
Stephanie Felix and Dwight Eubanks Photo Courtesy of: James Hercule
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To learn more about RDFW, visit: www.rd-fw.com