Anytime we see new fashion designers who aren't gay white men or het white girls, I'm all in favor. This is only part of what made "Sensual: a Latin Fashion and Music Event" (on November 16) a success, in my eyes. Though the music portion was bleak, the dancing (put on by 7 Stars Dance Company) was excellent, and the fashion often left me saying to myself, "Huh, that's actually pretty tight."
Andres M. Pinedo had some very elegant looks:
And Zulay Serrano of "Oh, Diosas!" (which sounds like a catch phrase from a character on Telemundo primetime) had some bold colors and great shapes, like sexy Sesame Street:
Jonathon Chavesmolina of Coconut Swim created some intricate, interesting swimsuits. I'd almost wear this one, if I looked like her:
China Zamboanga's "Rude Star" style reflected more of a sporty, Zoolander effect:
Carlos Serrano of Azibo Styles was really into that bright t-shirt and black pant look:
And the night ended in a blaze of "J Ride" by Julian Stefoni:
Overall, it was a well-organized event, and I'm glad to see that Portland's Latino community is taking sexy back.