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.

Denim… Born in the USA!

A few fun facts about our favorite American fabric:

Denim has been used in the United States since the mid-19th century and initially gained popularity in 1873 when a tailor from Nevada, Jacob W. Davis, manufactured the first pair of rivet-reinforced denim pants. The popularity of these durable denim jeans began to spread rapidly among rugged manual labor workers, and because Davis was overwhelmed with requests, he partnered with Levi Strauss & Co. to patent the design of the rivet-reinforced denim pant. In 1873 in San Francisco, California jeans were born.

A WWII Welder. Image Credit: Getty Images

In the 1930’s, during the era of Western movies, everyone wanted to look like John Wayne. Cowboys wearing Levi’s jeans were elevated to fairy-tale status, becoming synonymous with living the true independent American life. It was also in the 1930’s that Strauss added his signature red flag to the back pocket of the jeans, making it the first line of clothing to have a designer label on the outside. As if that weren’t enough to rocket jeans’ status to the stratosphere, Vogue gave their seal of approval, calling jeans “Western chic”, hinting that jeans could be a fashion statement for women as well.

Marilyn Monroe. Image Credit: Getty Images

Wearing denim jeans is a classic trend that comes around year after year. Popular cuts and washes may change, but denim is a tried-and-true fabric that will be the workhorse of your wardrobe, no matter the season.

To be on-trend in 2019 give your skinny jeans a holiday and put your flared ones to work. On the runways, pockets are getting bigger and cutouts are more prevalent. The waistline is all over the map, as you will see popular styles with both high waist and a low waist construction. As for the length, a must-have this coming fall are jeans that cover the shoes. If you’re brave enough to tackle the denim-on-denim trend, be sure to keep the washes uniform.

It’s fair to say that we are fortunate to have talented designers who make sure that their constant denim reinventions continue to move and change with the times. Below, some 2019 denim designs for your inspiration…

Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear: (Left-to-Right) Miu Miu, Balmain, Isabel Marant
Fall 2019 Ready-to-Wear: (Left-to-Right) Calvin Luo, Christian Dior, Chloe

XOXO,

Written by Zeina Fellios & Michelle Bremer
Sources: Vogue, Wikipedia, True Fashionistas