Port of Style Debuts at Couture Fashion Week New York

portofstyle1Andres Aquino, fashion designer, founder and producer of Couture Fashion Week, is plunging into the world of yachts and cruises with the launch of a luxury line of cruisewear under the brand Port of Style. For this line Mr. Aquino has joined forces with New York entrepreneur and fashionista Magdaline Delany, Founder of Oceanie Club and Entrepreneurs and Professionals’ Network. Port of Style will be featured on the runway at Couture Fashion Week, 8:00 pm on Sunday September 8, 2013 in the Grand Ballroom of the New Yorker Hotel, 481 Eighth Avenue.

The Port of Style collection is a mix of exquisite swimwear and wraps. The wraps also double as beautiful gowns when worn without a swimsuit. The collection includes the first-ever fashionable life jacket. Andres Aquino, known for his designs of luxury gowns and his theatrical show productions, brings his distinctive flair to Port of Style. When asked how he arrived at the brand’s name, Mr. Aquino replied “I worked with my creative team to search for a name that would reflect the philosophy of this fashion line. Ports are exciting, bustling and fashionable locales. Since both Maggie and I are originally from the Caribbean, and are familiar with boats coming and going in the island ports, it made sense to include that concept. From the golden age of luxury cruises through today’s iconic liners, fashion has a special place in maritime experiences, and Port of Style strives to reflect that.”

According to Ms. Delany, “This nautical line is the culmination of a common vision that Andres and I have shared for our love of the seaside and ocean life. The collection is unique, stylish, eclectic and functional. The selection and approval of each piece was organic.”

The line is expected to be available online late in 2013.

Store and boutique buyer inquiries are welcome.

Sisa Designs by Simone Rodrigues: from Brazil to Couture Fashion Week New York

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In her first appearance at Couture Fashion Week, designer Simone Rodrigues will present her latest collection under the Sisa Designs label on Saturday September 11, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. The fashion show will be held in the legendary Grand Ballroom of the world-famous Waldorf Astoria hotel on Park Avenue.

A native of Belo Horizonte, Brazil now based in New York, Simone Rodrigues is the creative fashion force behind Sisa Designs. Ms. Rodrigues began designing and sewing at the age of ten and went on to earn a degree in Fashion Design, Business and Marketing. She worked as a model and freelance designer for ten years before launching her own label in 2004, focusing on exporting to Europe and the Caribbean.

Sisa Designs are inspired by nature and rendered in warm tones focused on accentuating a woman’s unique beauty and sensuality with classic elegance regardless of age or size. The garments are made of the finest hand-selected fabrics including chiffon, silk, lace and taffeta, often creatively embellished with feathers, flowers and crystals. Perfect cutting and draping make each design smooth and stunning. Lines include swimwear, evening and bridal gowns as well as accessories.

Sisa Designs has shown on the runway in numerous fashion shows in Puerto Rico, Brazil and the USA, including at many charity events. Ms. Rodrigues’s designs have been worn in various beauty pageants and she is a favorite designer of a number of top Brazilian celebrities.