There were six Argentinian designers featured during the Argentine Designers show at Lincoln Center: Cardon, Cora Groppo, Daniela Sartori, Desiderata, Mariana Dappiano, and Min Agostini. These presenters were not chosen arbitrarily, rather, they were selected “by a jury of New York’s fashion editors and stylists summoned by the Consulate General of Argentina,” according to a brochure given to audience members from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship of the Argentine Republic. The main purpose of the show was to raise awareness of the talent in Argentina’s fashion industry, and to “ultimately increase exports of Argentine fashion and accessories.”
The two designers with the most impressive collections were Desiderata and Mariana Dappiano. I am drawn to Desiderata mostly because many of the pieces are reinterpretations of vintage styles. Like most people who “Dig In The Bins (D.I.T.B.)”, I find that vintage cuts are often more forgiving and flattering than that which is created in fashion today. Desiderata presents a dressy, albeit casual aesthetic, with shapes and colors that would be flattering for women of all shapes and sizes. The most practical (and stylish) items in the line include the camel fishnet tank and the camel jumpsuit (with cobalt blue flower accessory).
In contrast, designer Mariana Dappiano focuses more on fancier silhouettes and complex textures throughout her line. Dappiano presents an array of intricate prints (including jacquard) that are subtle enough to wear everyday and are easy to mix and match with existing wardrobe basics. The style of her clothing could best be described as a cross between Missoni and Tracy Reese, with a dash of Rebecca Taylor. The outfits were expertly paired with little caps and wooden-soled sandals from Huija that were similar to Swedish Hasbeens. Favorite looks included the printed ponchos and the printed satin wide leg trousers. Out of all of the designers from Argentina showing this season, Mariana Dappiano’s designs definitely have the most crossover appeal.
Seen in front row: Miss J from America’s Next Top Model
Goodie Bag: A jar of Dulce de Leche!
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