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Gustavo Arango
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
The Altman Building
February 3, 2007

Written by Bob Bland
Photographed by Krisztina Fazekas

Trekking from the cozy warmth of the Tents at Bryant Park to the outer reaches of Chelsea can be an unpleasent undertaking, but I was happy to brave the cabs and the cold to see the Fall 2007 collection of Gustavo Arango. The Puerto-Rican designer, who worked with Peter Balmain before starting his own label, is known for for his bias cut dresses in fluid fabrics and luxurious women’s suits. The show was set to Pink Floyd’s instantly recognizable “Brick in the Wall,” an ominous song to set such a smooth collection to.

Embellishment, which has taken on such a metallic and chunky feel this season, was seen in the form of beading, Swaroski crystals and entire panels of metallic sequins integrated into shift dresses. Whether the material be silk satin, tafetta or a copious amount of silk chiffon, Arango’s key colors were amber gold, charcoal, plum, emerald and black.

A plum silk satin tuxedo stood out as luminous and edgy in a sea of black tuxedos shown from other designers. Though the music says “leave those kids alone,” Gustavo’s girl is all grown up.

  Gustavo Arango


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