Art Hearts Fashion, presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Association with FTL Moda showcased a selection of very talented designers, hosted at Vanderbilt Hall. Art Hearts Fashion Founder and Designer Erik Rosete opened the show with his Mister Triple X “Vortex” collection. This was a lighthearted line of swimsuits and summer attire (shorts for him and cape maxi coverups for her) with the occasional appearance of the trademarked bunny ears that brand this collection. There was a nice use of metallics and prints ranging from stripes to selected dyes to even a turquoise plaid, pleated skirt paired with a non-traditional midrift top. (All Show Photos by Bob Cox)
Zachary/Nathaniel was the second designer in the lineup. Diverting from the traditional spring/summer colors, his was a foreboding theme with mostly dark hues, sexy décolletages, and accented leather silhouettes. Designer Tarek Sinno styled his collection with colorful, unique jewelry. Sinno’s was a sexy, metrosexual collection.
Designer Gregorio Sanchez presented a colorful line with a Spanish flair. There were lively silhouettes that were beautifully constructed, consisting of detailed patterns and feminine blouses with billowy sleeves and sleeveless pieces, while showing a hint of skin. This collection was not only creative, but artistic.
Cary Santiago presented a line that dazzled beyond expectation. The blend of evening couture and “Gaultier” flair defined the closing piece (gold) equipped with headdress and all, making this the most ornate and dramatic collection in the lineup. With obvious attention to detail, Santiago successfully showed his refined taste, exemplifying his beautifully fitted, free-flowing gowns. This made for a cohesively feminine, luxury line. Bravo for designing a universally figure-flattering collection that oozes with sex appeal!