"The return of San Juan Moda"
By Iris Edén Santiago
Special to The STAR
After months of virtual and remote fashion shows, San Juan Moda (San Juan Fashion Week) returned to its home base with dreamy runways showcasing the best collections by Puerto Rico’s premier fashion designers.
It couldn’t have been anywhere else but in the heart of T Mobile District in Miramar’s Puerto Rico Convention Center. The chosen venues were the Coca Cola Music Hall and what resembles a piece of New York City’s Time Square, Plaza Banco Popular. It has to be noted that this trendy destination has been selected as a co-host venue for the famous “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” 2022, which will feature its first ever Spanish-language countdown.
From the District, San Juan Moda presented an impressive group of designers that included Lisa Thon, David Antonio, Kelvin Giovanni, Edd Aponte, Juan Colón, Juan Carlos Collazo, Lisa Porrata, Ángel Guzmán, Rubén Darío, Marcos Carrazana, Víctor López, Lilliam Landrón, Of Atelier, José Raúl, Valdy, Mariela Marín, Luis Peluyera, Vasallo, Javier Arnaldo, Leonardo, Andrea Venturoli, Hernán Nadal and Michelle Ann. The respected Puerto Rican couturiers were joined by guest designers Giannina Azar and Miguel Genao from the Dominican Republic. A total of 38 runways were enjoyed by local fashionistas, small business supporters, sponsors and industry insiders.
The week was full of standing ovations, drama and expectation. The venues were magical. The public was hungry for well organized fashion live shows. Fashion was everywhere, down the catwalks, huge digital billboards, on the presentation platforms and in the fashion-savvy crowd.
For the most part the collections were bright and colorful. The prevailing palette of colors included red, orange, fuchsia, yellow, green and purple. We also saw lavender, rose, peachy corals and beachy blues. Although eye-catching swimsuits, ruffles and floral prints screamed Spring and Summer, metallic fabrics, fringes, feathers and sequins were a constant reminder of the upcoming Holiday Season. Also big with many designers, gender-neutral fashion.
We loved the interpretation of volume in daywear clothes as well as evening dresses, and the ever growing attention to architectural sleeves and cinched waists. Catsuits, jumpers, rompers and ultra feminine drapes in princess skirts worn with bandeau tops in solids and bold blooms were crowd favorites.
Menswear was also refreshing, sporty and glam. Hooded tops, skinny pants, layering, and suits with nouvelle twists, new lengths and shorter sleeves were fantastic. Floral shirts, neon shades and super bright separates in different hues of orange, pink and green are winning.