Colombian Peñaranda returns after the pandemic with a glamorous collection


New York, Sep 8 (EFE) .- The designer Raúl Peñaranda presented this Wednesday in New York a collection of long and glamorous dresses, inspired by the 1950s, “the best era in the world,” according to the Colombian, with a modern touch and presence of its roots.

Back after the hiatus of the pandemic, her elegant spring-summer 2022 haute couture collection, with simple cuts, consisted of sensual dresses close to the body, with transparencies and necklines in tune with the time, train and Swarovski crystals.

Some wore a ruffled skirt over the piece, thus giving the dress a double use, among which the asymmetrical cut and strapless ones stood out. There were also wide skirts with several layers.

“It is to show the best of Raúl Peñaranda,” said the designer in an aside with Efe after presenting his collection at a hotel in the city to add that it is rooted in the glamor of the former actress and princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly.

Peñaranda, 51, the son of a seamstress, chose black, gold, light yellow, various shades of intense pink and dresses and blouses adorned with petals also stood out in this proposal.

It is the first collection that Peñaranda presents in person after a year in which the coronavirus pandemic forced the closure of activities, which is why he chose to call it “Revive” and did so from the hand of who is now the CEO of the firm Raúl Peñaranda, Tom Murry, who for 17 years was the CEO of the Calvin Klein company, from which he retired in 2015.

“I called it ‘Revive’ because after the pandemic you have to have a second chance, to be born again,” said the couturier.

“Each collection is inspired by a personal emotion and I wanted to make a fantasy from the beginning to the end because after what we went through, we need to refresh our eyes and enlarge our souls,” added the Colombian, who after emigrating to New York in 2000 he worked as bellboys and from there he jumped to the firms Donna Karan and Oscar de la Renta.

He adds that his collections always have to show their roots, which is why the ruffles of this proposal have their origin in the Palanqueras (symbol of the working woman, who wear ruffled skirts and blouses) of his native Colombia, to which he also led the runway of Fashion Week in 2019.

Peñaranda said that his plans with Murry include launching his firm internationally with his Raúl Peñaranda Atelier collection, but at the same time he will continue to create other less expensive collections.

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