Checking in with Rolando Santana

Rolando Santana’s Spring/Summer 2014 Collection takes its cue from the designer’s Mexican compatriot, artist Frida Kahlo. Misty bouquets of floral prints suffuse creamy backdrops on Santana’s signature ladylike daywear, recalling Kahlo’s vibrant palette and penchant for floral tiaras. Pinks, neutrals and peplum in fabrics ranging from raffia to bouclé reinforce Santana’s classic demure style – the subject of a recent fashion show at Neiman Marcus, The Westchester, in his hometown of White Plains.

Kahlo lived in Mexico City in the Casa Azul, or Blue House, and the color – reflecting the sea in all its moods – is the inspiration for his new evening collection, with pleated cotton and textured plissé organza representing the waves. Whether it’s a long-sleeve, high-neck shimmering pale blue creation or a scoop-neck, sleeveless navy affair, Santana’s sculpted, textured gowns caress the female body in all the right ways. Along with pieces from the new Wedding Atelier Collection, Santana’s designs enable a woman to feel as good as she looks.

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