Text, Vivian and Laura Wood
Every woman would like to be a princess or a queen and Venezuelan designer, Rafael Cennamo, knows that.
He even crowned some of his models in his NYFW Presentation at the Lincoln Center Box venue.
The teased hair with the circlets is modern days take on the gigantic wigs Marie Antoinette and her ladies wore to Court as well as the cover of Jo Manning‘s My Lady Scandalous [The Amazing Life and Outrageous Times of Grace Dalrymple Elliott, Royal Courtesan] a book I can’t wait to start reading tonight.
PR guru, Paul Wilmot, had expressed enthusiasm for this designer some months back, and he has never steered us wrong, but this collection exceeded all expectations.
True, we’d checked-out images of Taylor Swift and Gwen Stefani in R.C. and they looked good, but what we saw in the Box was on a whole different plane; it was transformative dressing at its best.
We fell in love with Rafael Cennamo when we spotted the blue metallic mesh turtleneck cocktail dress with its discreet illusion panel. The effect was Modern Day Chinese Princess.
The moonlight metallic embroidered tulle gown was the Western idea of what a princess should look like. The embroidery and its placement was reminiscent of a bejeweled bodice and underskirt like Queen Elizabeth I wore in royal portraits. As if that weren’t already enough, the sapphire blue backless gown with draped sleeves worn by a beautiful Asian model knocked us out. We can’t image that this dress wouldn’t wind up on the Red Carpet. We hope that someone snatched this one up and that we’ll see it Sunday at the Oscars when into ABC to watch.
Below, a shout-out to the people on the team who helped Rafael create these modern day princesses
Styling – Danielle Nachmani
Hair – Matthew Curtis / TRESemme
Make-up – Rogelio Reyna / Bobbi Brown
Nail Care – Kelly Baber / Jessica
Hats – Yestadt Millinery
Jewelry – Jacob & Co.
Casting – Maurilio Carnino / MTC Casting