When it’s New York Fashion Week, it’s also Latinista Fashion Week.
The showcase for emerging Latino fashion designers returns Thursday, Sept. 14, to Punto Space on W. 38th St. for an exhibition of the spring/summer collections of former “Project Runway” contestant Layana Aguilar, celebrity designer Cesar Galindo, Brazil’s Chris Barreto and Cenia Paredes of Cenia New York.
“One of the reasons I started this is to provide up-and-coming designers with a showcase,” says LFW founder Dee Rivera, a Nuyorican native of the Bronx.
“We’ve been doing it since way before it’s become a trend.”
Rivera, a former fashion editor, founded LFW seven years ago to give a platform to designers who’d find it difficult to have their wares presented at the celebrity-studded, large-scale events that NYFW is famous for.
Wanting to steer LFW toward a more socially conscious direction, Rivera has partnered with Friends of Lead Free Children, which has a humanitarian mission of bringing medical professionals and health-related supplements to pregnant women and young children in the poor areas of the Dominican Republic.
“We really want to spread the word on this amazing cause,” Rivera says. “They provide the bare essentials to these people, things we take for granted here in the U.S.”
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