CITY: Fashion + Art + Culture 2019 Featuring Angel Sanchez

CITY: Fashion + Art + Culture is a yearly signature event organized by the Tampa Museum of Art. Through this unique experience, Tampa comes together to celebrate fashion and art and the Museum raises funds to help bring art and educational programs to visitors of all ages.

On Saturday, September 14th the museum was transformed into an energetic runway where internationally acclaimed Fashion Designer Angel Sanchez featured his latest beautiful evening gown collection.

Angel Sanchez grew up with fashion. His mother was his first inspiration , and her atelier in Venezuela was his first introduction to fabrics, dresses and style.

After graduating with a degree in Architecture, Angel decided to follow his dreams and quickly became a very well known designer in his native country of Venezuela. In 1997 he expanded his activities to the US, where his evening wear was sold in prestigious stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.

1999 was a turning point in Angel’s career where he introduced his first bridal collection and presented his evening collection in New York Fashion Week.

Angel’s design style is best known by its architectural details and structured silhouette. He takes the classic cut and adds his own dramatic touch, turning it into a contemporary but timeless piece. You can see it in the movement of his gowns and their precise lines. He loves to tell a story with each of his dresses and this is what makes his work unforgettable.

Now he is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and he is present in Miami and New York. Angels’ gowns have been worn by many celebrities; Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, and Beyoncé, to name a few.

Because Angel is reflecting modern classic art through his creations, his latest runway show at CITY gave us the feel of Valentino’s big shoulders, Yves Saint Laurent’s classic cuts & long trains, and Oscar de la Renta’s bright colors. All of this was presented in one cohesive collection personalized by his signature dramatic twist. This runway collection was marked by the elegant one shoulder cut, a generous incorporation of feathers, and the use of bold colors like Emerald Green, Royal Blue and Hot Pink.

Photos courtesy of Fotobohemia.

Put It In Neutral!

Last September, the color experts from Pantone announced their Fashion Color Trend Report for Spring/ Summer 2019, which made a comprehensive overview for New York Fashion Week. The color palette is comprised of 16 main colors, 4 of which were neutral (Toffee, Soybean, Sweet Corn, Brown Granite).

Ladies, this summer don’t be afraid to drape yourself in neutrals from head to toe. Feel free to mix your neutrals with pops of color, but if you want to be on-trend, wear one shade all over or maybe mix it with another neutral tone. Shoes and accessories can be neutral too, this will be your “soft” fashion statement.

Wearing neutrals is a classic and timeless trend, built into every stylish woman’s wardrobe during the last 50 years, and the current ‘neutral invasion’ is here to stay. This time it’s the fruit of a huge change in the current generation’s perception regarding gender. Statistics show that 38 percent of Gen Z-ers strongly agreed that gender no longer defines a person as much as it used to, and 27 percent of millennials felt the same way.

This change in gender perception pushed fashion designers to combine men’s and women’s collections on the runway. Many progressive designers have abolished ‘girls’ and ‘boys’ labels on children’s clothing… and more fashion brands are launching gender-neutral collections, hence more neutral color clothing is being produced for our consumption.

So, let the calming vibes of beige, taupe, ivory and white wash over you this summer. Put your outfit in the neutral zone and wait for the compliments to pour in.

Written by: Zeina Fellios
Edited by: Michelle Bremer

XOXO,