David Antonio is one of those artists with an enviable imagination, and seeks only one thing: beauty. He is also an inveterate dreamer who goes mad with the traditions of distant countries that are not quite on par with what some call progress and technology.
His most recent collection “Bhutan” will be presented at the Caribe Hilton Hotel on Thursday, September 24th at 7:00 pm as part of the distinguished re-launching of the La Rotisserie, a space where the most important fashion shows of the 1990s occurred.
For this occasion, David Antonio was immersed in the magical kingdom of Bhutan, a small country in South Asia with a dramatic topography led by the Himalayan mountains. Bhutan is not an ordinary country. It is small in size but enormous in landscapes, culture, color and above all, they maintain a vision of respect for animals, nature, and human relations, which is a priority for the designer.
“I read that Bhutan was one of the happiest countries in the world and became interested in learning more about them,” said the designer. “… I find that the way they love life, colors and even the way they dress relate to me.”
The hairstyles are a creation of Alis Tavarez ; makeup design is Fernando Rodriguez. Accessories are by Sonia Bonilla, La Lilly, Eva Guadalupe and a new line including handbags, bracelets and brooches created by David Antonio himself. This event is by invitation only and there are limited spaces. For more information contact (787 ) 727-3885 .
Photo by Peter John Andino Of Puerto Rico News.
G Models by Gretchen Capo held their first fashion event at the Centro de Bellas Artes de Guaynabo and it was a total success! Over 80 aspiring models completed seminars and coaching from the talent development part of the agency. They demonstrated their skills with a collective runway of local designers: Lisa Thon, Kelvin Giovannie, Eddie Guerrero, Jaer Cabán, Of Atelier, Ana María Rodríguez, Margarita Alvarez, Bea Rodriguez, Sonia Rivera, Namibia Viera, Jose Raul, Hector Omar, Natalia Figueroa, Lizet Miro, Herman Nadal, Lorena Arvelo y Jackie Tejada.
Photo by Peter John Andino of Puerto Rico News.
The event presented diverse talents and divisions of the agency: Children, Plus , High Fashion, Commercial and Men. Everyone had the opportunity to showcase their talents before a panel of fashion insiders that consisted of the the President and Director of San Juan Moda Carlos Bermudez, television personality Jaime Mayol, top model of the agency Yuliana Padilla and representatives of Imagen and IN Puerto Rico Magazine. Hair and makeup were provided by Cristal Garamendi y Rene Limandy.
Photo by Peter John Andino for Puerto Rico News.
Working with a creative team to produce an idea and develop a concept is an essential part of the editorial development process. Sometimes you’re lucky enough to collaborate with artist that have the same vision and are able to produce alluring imagery.
I was lucky enough to collaborate with photographer Ivonne Carlo, besides her being insanely talented, we have very similar interest and visions.
The chemistry and communication between a photographer and their stylist is extremely important. The stylist has the task to compliment the setting and storyline of the photographer. This being our (Ivonne and I) first collaboration, the pressure was on! I was able to find the perfect dresses for her story by local designer Jaer Caban. His designs have always been visionary and said to be our local McQueen.
Hair and makeup are also of the essence, they are a countenance of the scenery and the artistic portrayal of the story. The artist involved in the development of the beauty aspect of an editorial is a huge influence. This is why the beauty and style team are indispensable. I was lucky enough to know the hair and makeup artist, Rafy Quiñones. He has been a team member of Nao Nao Group where we’ve been collaborating for years. Besides him being ridiculously skilled, he’s an awesome asset to have in any squad.
In the end, all visionaries need to be able to intertwine artistry’s so they are able to have a successful outcome. In our case, it was KILLER!
Here is a behind the scenes video, shot by Rafy for your enjoyment.
Model: Bibi Torres @ G Models
Stylist: Aisha Naomi
Photographer: Ivonne Carlo Selles Starbuck
H+M/BTS: Rafy Quiñones
Assistants: Albert Anthony Guevara and Israel Mojica
Designs by: Jaer Caban, Atelier Sylphe, Fairytas and Divamp Couture.