San Juan Moda Second Look
Friday, October 11th was the sixth day of San Juan Moda, and for me it was just the second and sadly the last day. That night I decided to wear one of my favorite dresses from Forever 21, a long with the most bad ass biker jacket from Dollhouse, the cutest burgundy shoes from Shoedazzle, and the best partners in crime: my Miyata bag from Aldo and my "Shame" lipstick from Urban Decay. Of course, my press badge could not be missing from this outfit as you can see, and even though the weight of the whole week fell upon me, the show went on and boy was it a good one! Before heading to Hotel San Juan I had some yummy sushi with Texi, I was not going on a fashion hunt with an empty stomach!
The first collection presented was by Carlos Alberto, designer known for dressing our Miss Universe. The guest list of this show seemed to include a lot of non fashion related people like the ex-mayor of San Juan, the ex-president of the House of Representatives, and a bunch of women dressed like they were going to club Brava, a long with a crowd of soccer moms that came to see their little girls model, because apparently the designer mixed (or should I say smashed together) the collection "Splendor Child" and "Replicas". The girls looked incredibly cute, and I actually enjoyed a few of the pieces, but as for the gowns and "other" pieces for women... it was as a fellow fashionista sitting next to me said "the worst of 90's prom in one". There were sheer pieces, there were feathers, there were rhinestones, there were mermaid silhouettes, and there was even a special guest appearance by the Powerpuff Girls (the three models at the end in green, blue and pink). I am a little glad I was not able to see all that well from my press corner for this (harsh, but true).
Next up was Frolain Hats by Blanca Viera at the beautiful and popular Hotel San Juan lobby. I thought the designs were amazing though I am biased to head wear that reminds me of Lady Gaga. My favorite from his collection called "Endless" was a black piece with white stripes on the picture below.
After surviving the second ballroom mosh pit of this event, I was able to find a better spot to take pictures of the next show, Pipo Pere's collection "Grafi-co", which paid homage to Italian fashion house Missoni. The 70's vibe was clearly represented in this collection with colorful patterned fabrics, a lot of fringe, flowers here and there, long sleek hair, and bug eyed sunglasses. What captured my attention the most from this collection was the use of the latest trend of pairing sheer skirts over bodysuits, only he did this with a lace or mesh skirt on a playful print instead of using a solid color.
The night ended with another presentation in the lobby by Jesuan Ramos and Belmari Sifonte for Punky Collection, a delightfully creative line of accessories that have a modern tribal flare. As if their pieces don't stand out enough, their models were head to toe in black and made these neon acrylic fashion statements pop. That's it for my adventure on San Juan Moda, overall it was a great event and I would definitely like to go again next year. Now I have to try and have an adventure on Puerto Rico High Fashion Week, hopefully I will cover at least one of the shows, you will find out soon on the next posts to come, in the mean time enjoy more pictures of this event and a video of Pipo Pere's collection.
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