Friday, 30 September 2011

Italian Flair

Rolando Santana
One of the most classic and romantic looks this season, Spring 2012 is inspired by the Rolando Santana love of white, gold and hints of olive green.

The Looks


Cuernavaca, Mexico-born Rolando Santana loves making all women feel beautiful in his designs. This young and confident fashion designer managed to start his own fashion label in 2009 after several years of designing for well-known dress companies.


Santana’s love of fashion started back in his childhood days, when he would watch his mother make creations for special clients and could easily get lost in fabric stores while enjoying all the colours and textures. He now designs inspiration from around the world, whether it is the sunsets or lights of a country or the strong influences of a person.



Santana’s latest collection sees a gentle merge of neutral colours, twill prints and shimmery sequins. They come together pleasantly on the softest of materials, like chiffon and silk. It’s a romantic spring collection bringing us to the beautiful city of Florence and showing evidence of his love for the city in his overall presentation. 


  
This collection exudes every curve and charm of an Italian glamour with ruffled collars, necklines and bodices go with the collection. Main shades include shimmery metallic, rich golden alabaster, elegant white and sage green. Each piece evokes memories of the historic and contemporary city feel of Florence.



For the first time ever, the collaborative shoe designs with Manalo Blahnik was also made debut on the runway at his spring 2012 fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Exit Art this year on September 14, 2011. The collaboration was an added complement to finish the looks of the Italian flair.


Truth to be told, Santana did not show an exceptional collection this season, but what distinguishes him from his peers is an innate understanding of the female form. Santana is able to redefine the feminine silhouette to make it current, but classic at the same time.



One can lounge after a long day of work on a simple, yet playful Santana outfit that accentuates feminine flair making one looking like an Italian woman, or it is simply perfect for women, with looks fitting for work.


Before the great success of spring 2012 collection, Santana created his fall winter 2011 collection inspired by the paintings of Philip Guston, with darkness as the theme, but soft to the eyes. To pay homage to the notable painter, the collection included wool jersey and wool gauze that were deep in colour and rich in texture. 


Click here to watch the video - Rolando Santana Spring 2012 Collection


Picture Courtesy of Eka Halim
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