Dream, Vision, Reality
Diana Garrett recently caught up with rising fashion star, Raul Penaranda, who debuted his Fall/Winter 2012 ready to wear collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week this past February.
Penaranda totes an impressive career collaborating and working with some of the biggest names in the fashion world including Liz Claiborne, DKNY, Kellwood, Tommy Hilfiger and Oscar de la Renta; and now he has been earning the admiration and recognition of critics for his independent venture to the runway.
Ten years ago Raul Penaranda was dreaming of becoming a fashion designer, but was working to pay the bills as a Concierge at The Park Central hotel in South beach. Then his dream was kick-started when he was asked to create a birthday card for an important guest at the hotel– an executive for teh major fashion brand DKNY. This was the beginning of an amazing journey. He enrolled in some classes at Parsons and quickly caught on to the structure of women’s fashion. After 11 years of collaboration and working for major fashion houses, Raul is making a name for himself with his own line and he loves to use PRISMACOLOR for his designs! Check out his wall of fashion designs all created with Prismacolor Art Markers.
Raul waits for inspiration to strike and then carefully crafts numerous drawings, focusing on the different fashion seasons. He simulates the different fabrics with painstaking skill using Prismacolor markers, then the fabrics are sent out to be curated and finished with metallic paints and other artist secrets. All of his designs are made in the USA before coming back to Raul’s studio where he individually puts on the finishing touches.
This designer is a definitely a star on the rise with a future full of promise; but we dont have to tell you that– just check out all of his designs here and on his website!
What do you think? Would you rock on of Raul’s pieces? Which is your favorite? Comment and let us know!