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Grammy-winning producer Emilio Estefan united during New York Fashion Week with Consuelo Vanderbilt‘s trailblazing social network, SohoMuse, to present the groundbreaking show “Latin Ignition – The Magic of Art.” Hundreds of notable attendees gathered at Manhattan’s landmark Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to witness the incredible platform along with Estefan Enterprises, Inc. to present the thrilling work of designers Alvin Valley, Laura Garcia, Nabys Vielman, and César Galindo. 

The collections hit the runway in the hallowed halls of the art institute as Los Rabanes and DJ Hex Hector performed before a captivated audience. Latin Ignition showcased a movement highlighting the work of some of the most prolific Latino artisans as the Latin American market makes up some 18% of the population of the United States and, therefore, a significant proportion of the Country’s creative energy.  Uniquely, the producers ensured that each worker – not just designers and models but also behind-the-scenes hair and make-up artists was financially compensated for the show.  Highlighting a deep appreciation for the art world and fashion industry, Estefan and Consuelo set the agenda during NYFW that will ripple positively around the globe to highlight the need for inclusivity at all levels. Sponsors of the event included the Family Office Association, Keystone National Properties (KNPRE), Known Holdings, and JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Event atmosphere at The Guggenheim Museum. 

Notable Attendees included: Emilio Estefan, Consuelo Vanderbilt, Alvin Valley, Laura Garcia, Nabys Vielman, César Galindo, Los Rabanes, DJ Hex Hector, Natasha Bedingfield, Downtown Julie Brown, David Belafonte, Malena Belafonte, Maureen Reidy, Derek Warburton, Leesa Rowland, Maribel Lieberman, Sofie Mahlkvist, Jean Shafiroff, Nadja Sayej, Amy Shiels and Untitled’s Indira Cesarine.

About The Fashion Designers:

Alvin Valley

Alvin Valley has quickly become a force in the New York fashion community, best known for the fantastic fit of his long-legged, low-slung pants. Born in New York but raised in Spain. After graduating from the University of Miami, he opened his first boutique in Coconut Grove, Florida, in 1995.  Noted by Bazaar and Vogue as “the King of Pants,” Valley’s success stems from the rapidly growing cult craze for his trousers’ renowned fit and style. (source: FMD.com)

Laura Garcia

Founded by Laura Garcia, a fashion designer from Spain who has been designing for over 20 years, the brand focuses on creating stylish and comfortable pieces, emphasizing quality materials and craftsmanship. Laura Garcia’s designs are inspired by her travels worldwide and her love of art and culture. The collections feature a range of styles, from casual to formal, emphasizing timeless silhouettes and unique details.  (source: FMD.com)

Model, Photo Credit: BFA / Nina Fernandez

Nabys Vielman

Nabys Vielman began as a promising designer inspired by his aunt-mother, Evangelina Araque, a talented dressmaker. He founded his first atelier in Venezuela in the 90s, and from then on, he has developed a brand with multiple successful Ready-To-Wear collections. Moreover, a synergy between art and fashion has created unforgettable architectural pieces throughout his career. Vielman’s fashion proposal is based on functionality, comfort, and sophistication, coated with style and innovative forms. (source: nabysvielman.com)

César Galindo

César Galindo’s career as a visionary and highly sought-after A-list designer, stylist, and entrepreneur is an accurate American tale. Over 35 years in the business, Cesar has done and seen it all, from Houston to New York to Paris. His eponymous brand and reputation as a brilliant go-to contract designer, designer, draper, and pattern maker are known worldwide. His rare talent for creating paradigm-shifting designs has shaped iconic brands, including Dolce and Gabbana and Calvin Klein. (source: galindonyc.com)

Model. Photo Credit: AP SIPAUSA / Dave Warren

About Emilio Estefan:

Emilio Estefan is a Cuban-American musician and producer. Estefan has won 19 Grammy Awards. He first came to prominence as a member of the Miami Sound Machine. He is the husband of singer Gloria Estefan, father of son Nayib Estefan and daughter Emily Estefan, and the uncle of Spanish-language television personality Lili Estefan.

Estefan is credited with paving the way for the crossover explosion of Latin music of the late 90s, mainly through artists that Estefan himself brought to the forefront of the US music stage, including his wife, Gloria Estefan, as well as Jon Secada, Ricky Martin, and Shakira.

Estefan received the BMI “Songwriter of the Year” award in 2005 and a Hollywood Walk of Fame star. In 2009, he received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. In November 2015, President Obama awarded Estefan the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. 2019, he also received the Gershwin Prize from the Library of Congress.

About Consuelo Vanderbilt:

Most recently appearing in an exclusive article in “Elysian Magazine,” Consuelo Vanderbilt was listed as one of the most influential and inspirational women in New York City today. The American singer, composer, songwriter, actress, speaker, model, entrepreneur, and philanthropist was born in New York and is a maternal descendant of the legendary Vanderbilt family. Delving into the arts at a young age, she has been fiercely in the industry for decades. Consuelo has performed as a successful musician worldwide and shared stages with music luminaries such as Vanessa Carlton, Mya, and Joe Cocker. She landed her first record deal at age 21 and founded her record label, C&R Productions, in 2010.  Shortly thereafter, her first four singles landed her in the Top 20 on the Billboard Dance Charts. Her debut single, “Naked,” spent 16 weeks on the charts, while her follow-up, “Feel So Alive,” earned her Billboard’s #2 Breakout Artist honor. In 2014, her hit, “Body Needs,” broke Billboard’s Top 5, and the following year, Consuelo’s highly anticipated pop dance album I’m Just Me dropped in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, as well as the United States. Consuelo is well known in the fashion industry, and in 2015, teamed up with powerhouse network HSN to launch Homage by Consuelo Vanderbilt. The pearl jewelry collection was inspired by an engagement ring she inherited from her great-grandmother, Consuelo Vanderbilt Earl, which is thought to have once belonged to Consuelo, the Duchess of Marlborough.

Consuelo Vanderbilt-Costin, Emilio Estefan. Photo Credit: AP SIPAUSA / Dave Warren

About SohoMuse:

SohoMuse focuses on the main sectors of the Global Creative Industry: architecture and related services, creative goods and products, entertainment and digital media, fashion and fine arts, and performing arts. Among the career roles in SohoMuse’s target member base are writers, actors, performers, graphic and visual designers, illustrators, photographers, music supervisors, sound engineers, video/film and TV producers, creative directors, and game designers. SohoMuse enables creatives to expand their networks and opportunities, source and hire top talent, and collaborate with other creatives in one secure and trusted online environment from anywhere around the globe. SohoMuse provides all the networking tools creatives need to promote projects, source talent, and share and sell services. 

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