Latinx fashion designers to have on your radar for 2022
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Growing up obsessed with fashion, I was too young to realize an industry-wide representation problem. The lack of designers with last names like mine didn’t upset me, it was like that. Since the dawn of time, the podiums on glossy paper have been a game of European designers; one often only playable if you were white, nepotist, and a product of fashion’s pump and dump system structure and tradition. While the 80s and 90s led Latin designers to rise to the international stage – we think of Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Isabel Toledo – their Hispanic identities came second behind their American leanings. Easily marketable and marketable to an audience that may not be familiar with all South American countries, Latinx designers have a long history of shrinking themselves and their culture to fit into the most rigid boxes in fashion.
In recent years, several young emerging designers from Latin America have started to take their rightful place at the table, forcing The fashion industry to evolve with them. For so long, glossy magazines and PR firms relied on a handful of Latin designers who had “succeeded” in the industry, choosing only to recognize secure and company-backed brands instead of emerging talents that showcased Latinx design.
As fashion changes, the boundary-pushing names of our current cultural zeitgeist have changed with it, forcing us to pay attention to communities that have been excluded for so long. If you’re looking for young designers to support, whether it’s buying a bag or following social media, look no further.
Here, eight young Latinx designers to keep on your radar.
LUAR by Raul Lopez
Strongly reflecting his boyhood education in Brooklyn, Raul Lopez’s label LUAR is shameless him. Most recently, Lopez’s latest foray into ready-to-wear accessories included the Ana handbag—A handbag that would become the next It Bag, with fans like Jane Fonda and Dua Lipa.
Gypsy sport by Rio Uribe
In designer Rio Uribe’s world, there aren’t many brands like Gypsy sport– a pure reflection of queer aesthetics working against a colonial system supporting white supremacy and toxic machismo. Gyspy Sport looks like a celebration of the beautiful and the weird, a mix of genderless athleticism and spandex clothing that makes every body feel sexy and confident. Uribe’s designs are currently on display at the “In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion” exhibit at the Met, so you’re sure to see the brand for years to come.
Sanchez-Kane by Barbara Sánchez-Kane
Geometric prints and sculptural design influence most Sanchez-Kane, whose men’s clothing designs come from Mexico. Her experimental vision, powered by stylistic cuts and daring silhouettes, serves as a radical form of expression discussing feminism and politics.
Silues through Sebastien Ascencio
Despite its seat in Rome, Silues is typically Colombian. The women’s clothing brand of Sebastián Ascencio lives in the gray area between femininity and contestation, using clothing and textiles as a means of conveying a sensitive but violent state of being. The house’s latest collection highlights deconstructed tulle, using the material to create cascading evening dresses.
Simonett by Simonett Pereria
This eponymous label of the Venezuelan fashion designer Simonett Pereria has been making waves on the Miami fashion scene for quite some time now, with her viral knit sweater sleeves and strappy and deconstructed designs among fan favorites of the off-duty models.
Collectiva Concepción by Concepción Orvananos
Conceptualized with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, based in Mexico Collectiva Concepción relies on the spirit of the country and its artisans to rise. Simple silhouettes and soft color palettes prove versatile, with the brand’s clothing being created by local artisans in an effort to recognize the working-class community as the backbone of the fashion industry.
Annaiss Yucra by Annaïss Yucra Mancilla
Serving as an ode to a shining world of chewing gum, Annaiss Yucra plays into the hands of a generation obsessed with nostalgia. The Peruvian designer’s creations seem straight out of a ’90s catalog, with colorful prints and bold knits to make any inner child swoon. Hearts, pastel pinks and iridescent bubbles make up the brand’s signature look, with a playful take on Peruvian culture and tradition.
VELÁSQUEZ by Mateo Velasquez
The Colombian heritage of founder Mateo Velásquez is present throughout his work for his eponymous brand, with avant-garde details that transform men’s clothing collections. With a strong emphasis on deconstruction, VELÁSQUEZ imagine a world in which masculinity is not defined by pristine power combinations, but rather a punk aesthetic meant to free queer men. Mixed designs, motto accessory designs, and skin-tight clothing present a bold vision, which is not defined by constructions or gender stereotypes.