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Glow and glide

Story by Erik Cuello
Photos by QPHOTONYC


Logo(web)More than a thousand fashionistas flocked to the Fourth Annual Uptown Fashion Week, held this past Sept. 9-12 at the United Palace.

The event exhibited 14 designers for what organizers dubbed “an alternative high fashion destination for emerging, established, and celebrity fashion designers” with the purpose of building a “fashion bridge from downtown to uptown.”

“I think that New York Fashion Week is such an exciting week and has such an economic impact,” said Albania Rosario, Founder and CEO of Uptown Fashion Week.

It was energy that she has sought to direct northward.

“I felt there was a need,” said Uptown Fashion Week founder Albania Rosario (right) with designer Angel Ayala. <i>Photo: Mr. Don Photos</i>
“I felt there was a need,” said Uptown Fashion Week founder Albania Rosario (right) with designer Angel Ayala. Photo: Mr. Don Photos

“All of that success was staying downtown,” she explained. “It wasn’t in the uptown community, which has such a big market for fashion. I felt there was a need.”

The event’s inclusive themes were evidenced in the diversity glimpsed behind the curtain – and on the runway.

One local designer, Eduardo Rosario of Washington Heights, for example, exhibited his collection “City Chic”. On hand too were designers from Puerto Rico, Colombia, and Bolivia, and former Miss Universe Stefanía Fernández of Venezuela showcased her designs.

Organizers also ensured that plus-size models were well-represented on the runway.

“Fashion should be accessible for everybody, no matter what size they are,” said Rosario. “I don’t want to limit it.”

Judging by the attendance and interest, she believes Uptown Fashion Week will only continue to grow.

“I think people are taking this in in a very positive way,” she said. The founder is committed to building on the event’s success.

“I don’t want this show to become an alternative; I want it to be the destination for Fashion Week.”

Brillo y movimientos

Historia por Erik Cuello
Fotos por QPHOTONYC


Angel-2(web)Más de mil amantes de la moda acudieron a la Cuarta Semana Anual de la Moda del norte del condado, que se celebró del 9 al 12 de septiembre en el United Palace.

El evento exhibió a 14 diseñadores en lo que los organizadores llamaron “un destino de alta costura alternativa para diseñadores de moda emergentes, establecidos y célebres”, con el propósito de construir un “puente de la moda del centro de la ciudad al norte del condado”.

“Creo que la Semana de la Moda de Nueva York es muy emocionante y tiene un gran impacto económico”, dijo Albania Rosario, fundadora y directora general de la Semana de la Moda del norte del condado.

Buscaba dirigir esa energía que hacia el norte.

“Todo ese éxito se quedaba el centro”, explicó. “No llegaba a la comunidad del norte del condado donde hay un mercado tan grande para la moda. Sentí que había una necesidad”.

Los temas del evento se evidenciaron en la diversidad vislumbrada detrás de la cortina, y en la pista también.

DSC_3215(web)Un diseñador local, Eduardo Rosario de Washington Heights, por ejemplo, mostró su colección “City Chic”. Otros diseñadores de Puerto Rico, Colombia y Bolivia, y la ex Miss Universo Stefanía Fernández, de Venezuela, igualmente exhibieron sus diseños.

Los organizadores también se aseguraron de que las modelos de tallas grandes estuvieran bien representadas en la pista.

“La moda debe ser accesible sin importar tu tamaño”, dijo Rosario. “Yo no quiero limitarla”.

A juzgar por la asistencia e interés, ella cree que Semana de la Moda del norte del condado seguirá creciendo.

“Creo que la gente está tomando esto de una manera muy positiva”, dijo. La fundadora se ha comprometido a ampliar el éxito del evento.

“No quiero que este espectáculo se convierta en una alternativa, quiero que sea el destino de la Semana de la Moda”.

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