Fashion designers from Puerto Rico infuse the runway with their creativity at #NYFW

Three local fashion designers presented their collections during the most important runway in the big apple; and it was all good. Naldo Montañez who has been written up by the New York Times, Wanda Beauchamp who is an amazing designer and fashion designer, and fashion school owner Lisa Thon who presented an eclectic collection showed what they are made of.

The NYFW scene is nothing new for Thon, as a matter of fact New York city was where the business woman went to school, and created her signature style.


Lisa Thon

‘Sérénité‘: I spoke to Naldo Montañez about this new proposal, the designer was quoted saying: The collection is entitled ‘Sérénité‘ and the Fall / Winter 2018 Women’s wear, was inspired by the beauty hidden in the apparent calm and tranquility that can be  appreciated and communicated by the negative and positive spaces in the arts and in life.

Naldo Montanez. Photo by Kevin Mock.

That silence and tranquility after Hurricane Maria produced in me so many mixed feelings, especially when I spent days without knowing about my family and friends. In that apparent calm, the voices of resilience and positivism were louder and more resonant even if we had tears in our eyes.

Together, the island is recovering  filling those gaps with joy and memorable moments that unite us as a people and family.

That fighting spirit motivated me to create a uniquely feminine collection, in tune with how brave the Puerto Rican woman is, and her desire to move forward.

The fashion show was  part of the Fashion Gallery production that took place at the Stewart Hotel in Manhattan, NYC.


The New York Fashion Week powered by Art Hearts Fashion took place at the  Angel Orensanz Event Space; a place I love to go watch fashion shows.  Over 30 international designers showcased their collections on one of the most visually stunning runways during NYFW.


Wanda Beauchamp  presented a couture collection for children and for pre teens, and it felt like a beautiful fantasy, filled with red carpet numbers for the very young. This made the presentation unique and pretty unforgettable.

Wanda Beauchamp

Luxurious fabrics,knits, draping and ingenious craftsmanship were part of the deal for a collection that shows what this fashion designer who is the owner of Pop Corn Kids & Teens Boutique is capable of achieving.

I do hope we get to see more of this very talented designer.

Lisa Thon presented a collection that was all about the thrift shop vibe, a hobo chic innuendo, with a gypsy flavor tossed into it.


Tops made out of ties created from scratch and the combination of fabrics such as linen, cotton, knits were defined by a fusion of silhouettes that created contrast in rich colors taken from downtown, uptown, and nature.

Thon gave us an urban and organic collection, probably one of the most complete Ive seen;  taking the theme of vintage all the way, in clothes women can wear more than once.

Just in case you don’t know who is Ms. Thon let me tell you: This designer started her fashion studies at Altos de Chavón in the Dominican Republic and completed her Bachelors Degree at Parsons School of Design in New York City.

Since 1996 she is CEO of Centro Moda School of Design, in San Juan P.R.

In 2006 Thon was the first Puerto Rican designer to feature a collection during the prestigious New York Fashion Week. She was awarded the ‘Puerto Rican Heritage Award’ by the Comité Noviembre in New York City.

Lets hope we get to see more from these amazing local talents, who are breaking ground in NYC.