Friday, June 13, 2008
Style File: Diva Designers
From handbags to jewelry to clothes, some of the youngest and hottest fashion designers are breaking out right here in Miami. In tonight's Style File, Seven's Belkys Nerey shows off some of the Diva Designers you need to watch out for.
WSVN -- If you don't know the name Alexis Barbara, you will soon. The 21-year-old designer is set to take the fashion world by the hemline.
Alexis: "Being born and raised in Miami definitely is a big influence behind my designs. You know, it's a very fun, flirty, chic, sexy city."
The business school grad decided to create her own clothing line called Alexis after she got so many compliments on outfits she designed for herself.
Alexis: "Dresses are mainly one of my signature pieces. I do a lot of short dresses, whether they are day dresses, evening dresses."
You'll see a lot of girlie ruffles at the top or bottom of her dresses and she's also a big fan of the plunging back.
Alexis: "The deep V back cut is something you'll see in many of my dresses. It's easy and light to wear."
And staying true to our steamy city, Alexis is now designing a sexy swimwear collection. Another fashion plate to watch out for is Silvia Fassardi. The organization Gen Art, which showcases up-and-coming talent from designers to musicians, just named her one of the fresh faces of jewelry design for 2008.
Silvia: "It makes me work more harder."
Her jewelry line, Septimo, is handmade with 24 karat gold plate and semi-precious stones.
Much of her work is nature-inspired, so you'll see things like coral reef, twigs, even snakes on her necklaces, earrings and rings.
Stacey Benedetti: "Many of the pieces are designed to be interchangeable, so something you would be wearing as a wrap cord bracelet in the day later in the evening can be switched to be worn as a choker."
Another Gen Art break-out star is handbag designer Nazly Villamizar. The Colombian native got her start as a little girl thanks to her grandfather who was a famous tailor.
Nazly: "He used to let me play with his leftovers and sew little handbags for everyone for gifts."
Now Nazly is most known for her over-sized leather bags made from cow skin. They definitely stand out with their different geometric shapes and interesting elements like this cow horn.
Nazly: "I like to create very big shapes. Like I was telling you, maybe it's because I am a very tiny girl."
Nazly is a do-gooder. She just designed an eco-friendly bag line for Ecoist, and she also gives a percentage of her bag sales to help needy children in Colombia.
Nazly: "The reason I started this business was to help my people down in Colombia."
These girls got success in the bag.