Angel Sanchez’s Dark Innocence

Feb 12, 2014 at 10:00 am |
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Angel Sanchez New York Fashion Week 2014

Photo Credit: Marisol Tudela

Top designers from around the world come to NYC once again to present us with the newest trends. And those in the spotlight this season are more glamorous than ever.

One of the names dazzling this season on the runway is the Venezuelan designer, Angel Sanchez. This hot, Latin  sensation is on his way to building a clothing empire, with more than 25 years of experience in the industry. He has an international presence with collections in Kuwait, Japan, Korea, Mexico and others. Sanchez has called NYC home since 1997, but remains true to his Latin American roots throughout his career. He has been a judge on Project Runway, Latin America since 2010 and his celebrity clientele includes the likes of: Taylor Swift, Eva Longoria, Beyonce, Salma Hayek and Sandra Bullock.

For this season Sanchez is inspired by a ‘conservative and monastic woman’. He pays attentions to the cut, fit and proportion. This is why his creations fit the women like a glove. Being a fall/winter collection it has darker hues with some gold, green and blues.

 

We talked with the designer about his collection and career.

How are you feeling Angel?

I am so relaxed today. I am very excited with the collection. I am very happy to be back in Lincoln Center where everything is very professional. I don’t have to worry about anything.

Tell me about this collection. Who inspired you?

I am inspired by a new woman. It’s a memory. When I was very young in my hometown, Valera, Trujillo, Venezuela, I remember seeing these very elegant women going to church, they are called ‘beatas’ (devout women). ‘Las beatas’ are very elegant and monastic women. I always thought that those women must have a dark side, maybe they are looking for forgiveness, perhaps it is guilt, but there must be something. The collection is dedicated to that woman who appears conservative and demure, but prays for a divine power to help her erase or forget her darkest secrets.

What are the essential colors and materials?

It’s kind of a dualistic mood. It goes from a lot of black to white because at the end the idea is to play with different tones but mostly is a dark collection looking for light. The fabrics are very heavy, at the same time with movement and metallic elements. I tried to avoid all the beadings and ornamentations because that woman doesn’t use a lot of embellishments. They are very pure, clean and severe.

What do you think people are going to expect on the runway?

As a designer, I will like them to come with an open mind and for them to understand the evolution of my own work. I don’t want them to expect what I always do because I am going on a different direction. The woman I used to dress is gone. She is not in my mind anymore. This is a new woman that perhaps will stay with me for a couple more seasons because it is a woman that I still don’t know if I really know her very well.

Project Runway Latin America is a great success. Tell me your experience on the show?

I am starting the Fourth Season of Project Runway. It’s amazing because it’s an opportunity to go back to the Latin community and give the emerging talent part of my experience, opinion and critic. I also realize that in Latin America there is a lot of aptitude and power and to be a witness of that it’s just wonderful. I am really happy with the whole experience.

Top designers from around the world come to NYC once again to present us with the newest trends. And those in the spotlight this season are more glamorous than ever. One of the names dazzling this season on the runway is the Venezuelan designer, Angel Sanchez. This hot, Latin sensation is on his way to building a clothing empire, with more than 25 years of experience in the industry.