Fashion Designers of Latin America return to Miami for Art Basel Week fashion showcase 

Today, the Fashion Designers of Latin America (FDLA) returns to Miami after over a year and a half for the 4th Annual Latin American Art & Photography Exhibition & Fashion Showcase: ARTE & MODA. 

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the FDLA has produced innovative virtual runway shows for events such as New York Fashion Week. This past  September the Fashion Designers of Latin America returned to NYC for live in person shows, and now they are back in Miami for their annual fashion and art showcase. 

The formal attire event, produced by FDLA founder Albania Rosario, is part of the Miami Art Basel Week, and will be held today, Thursday December 2nd and Friday December 3rd, 2021 at the spectacular Rosita Hurtado Atelier located between the Miami Design District & Wynwood Art District. 

FDLA | Miami 4th edition will kick off with their signature Black-tie red-carpet cocktail reception starting at 7:00 PM. Following an exquisite art exhibition and photo display by various talented Latin American Artists. 

The event will close with an artistic fashion showcase by selected FDLA Designers as follows: 

FDLA Designers December 2nd

  1. Rochi Kahn (Peru)
  2. FDLA, Rosita Hurtado, Fashion Designers of Latin America

    Fashion designer, Rosita Hurtado. Read her story, here. (Photo source:

    Paris Rodriguez (Colombia)

  3. Nothing 2 Wear Concept (New York)
  4. Rosita Hurtado (Bolivia)

FDLA Designers December 3rd

  1. Indira & Isidro (Mexico)
  2. Yas Gonzalez & Asiel Babastro (Cuba)
  3. Idol Jose (Venezuela)
  4. Mich Roman (Dominican Republic)
  5. Willfredo Gerardo (Mexico)


  1. Arte Latam (Various Artists)
  2. BabastroxYas (Cuba)
  3. By Ayala (Indigenous Artists)
  4. Chance Watt (LA)
  5. Enrrique Cabrera (Mexico)
  6. Leonardo Contreras (Mexico)
  7. Marta Alexandrovna (Miami)

Doors Open at 7:00PM | Cocktail Reception & Red Carpet &Art Exhibition 7-9 PM | Fashion Showcase 9-10 PM. Formal attire is required | all attendees must be 21 & over to attend. SEE HERE for tickets.

All guests must adhere to COVID-19 guidelines. Please read FDLA’s COVID-19 protocol here.

Fashion Designers of Latin America Returns to New York Fashion Week LIVE Shows

Fashion Designers of Latin America return to LIVE Shows at New York Fashion Week on September 2021. 

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Fashion Designers of Latin America return to LIVE shows in September at New York Fashion Week. (Photo courtesy of FDLA)

Fashion Designers of Latin America (FDLA) has announced the official schedule and participating fashion designers for the upcoming FDLA season during New York Fashion Week (NYFW) for its LIVE shows in September. The Fall schedule for SS/2022 FDLA shows will take place during NYFW at its new location, Lavan541, an iconic, exceptional and luxury event venue, located in the heart of Chelsea at 541 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001. The event is produced in adherence to New York State Health Guidelines.

FDLA honorary president, Agatha Ruiz de La Prada. (Photo courtesy of FDLA)

The fashion festivities will kick off with a virtual press conference taking place on Tuesday September 7th at 6:00 pm followed by an up-close in-person showcase featuring the best of Latin-American Fashion Designers with FDLA honorary president Agatha Ruiz de La Prada and special guest Custo Barcelona


Fashion Designers of Latin America founder, Albania Rosario. (Photo courtesy of FDLA)

With current progress in the pace of vaccinations and the reopening of New York City, FDLA anticipates the week to feature a return to traditional in-person runway shows and a continuation of digital shows produced in adherence to New York State Health Guidelines. FDLA will require all participating staff, designers, models and all guests to be fully vaccinated.

“Anyone attending our shows will be asked to show proof of vaccination as we encourage and support the broader industry to follow suit and protect the wellbeing of our fashion community this season during the shows. We look forward to a strong coming back this fashion season and to celebrate the best of Latin American fashion in both physical and digital presentations,” said Albania Rosario, Founder at FDLA. 

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Dayana Leon FDLA. (Photo courtesy of FDLA)

FDLA is showcasing emergent designers Dante Luxury Footwear Mexico, Dayana Leon Venezuela Giannina Azar Dominican Republic, Glenkora Comte Ecuador, Indira & Isidro Mexico, Idol Jose Venezuela, Jose Ventura Dominican Republic, Leti Faviani Chile, Paris Rodriguez Colombia, Rosita Hurtado Bolivia, Samantha Telfair Puerto Rico, Yirko Sivirich Peru, Yas Gonzalez Cuba. Visit FDLA Designers to learn more.

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FDLA New York Fashion Week agenda. (Photo courtesy of FDLA)

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Fashion shows must go on says Fashion Designers of Latin America Albania Rosario

The future of fashion shows is evolving before our very eyes. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, industries across the globe have been forced to innovate and adapt quickly to stay afloat. At the forefront of the Latinx fashion industry, Albania Rosario has taken on the task of adapting fashion shows during Covid-19. 

The future of fashion and fashion shows

The past few months have been riddled with uncertainty as countless industries face difficulties. Even the powerhouse fashion industry has now been greatly impacted, with hundreds of fashion shows and important events around the world being cancelled since March, countless stores being shut down or bankrupt, and orders and supply change suspended.

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Albania Rosario, founder and CEO, Fashion Designers of Latin America (Photo courtesy Albania Rosario)

And it is not just the fashion designers that have been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, but the whole chain of workers that make fashion possible.

Albania Rosario, CEO and founder of Fashion Designers of Latin America (FDLA) has seen first hand how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone in the industry from dress makers, seamstresses, pattern makers, models, makeup artists, stylists, photographers, fashion directors and producers, the list goes on. All these people make a living and depend on the industry to support them and their families. 

“I personally know that hundreds of our designers had no choice but to shut down their workplace, leaving thousands of fashion workers without a job,” says Albania. 

As we enter the summer months and more events continue to be cancelled or postponed, many in the industry wonder how they will stay afloat and what will become of anticipated events such as the reknown New York Fashion Week.  

Fortunately this powerhouse industry is full of creative spirits who are finding innovative ways to adapt and evolve. For many designers and companies adapting fashion shows during Covid-19 will mean embracing technologies and creating digital virtual experiences in place of physical shows. 

The evolution of fashion shows

The fashion show has long been a tradition in the fashion industry, dating back to the 1800s and early 1900s in the form of fashion “parades” that began in Paris and where later imported to the U.S. These parades, like our modern day runway shows, were a way for designers and department stores to advertise the latest clothing trends to potential buyers. 

(Photo Credit courtesy Albania Rosario)

The fashion parades soon evolved into more structured, theatrical shows hosted by retailers. Presented with narratives and themes, these shows became popular throughout the mid-20th century. Then in the 70s and 80s American designers began to host their own private shows separate from retailers. However, it wasn’t until the early 90s that the fashion shows we know today came to be. 

Forced into cramped spaces that often exceeded capacity, the fashion shows of the early 90s were prone to mishaps from ceilings falling on models to generators blowing out. These mishaps eventually lead to New York Fashion Week finding its home in Bryant Park, a venue where all the shows could be held together in one place. 

Since then, the runway has continued to evolve into ever more dramatic and entertaining spectacles. With the innovation of technology in the last decade more and more fashion shows have been incorporating digital components to their extravaganza including livestreams on TV and social media. 

(Photo Credit courtesy Albania Rosario)

In 2010, London Fashion Week was the first to allow viewing via livestream. Since then, many runway shows have embraced the use of technology to expand their global reach. And these trends will only rise as the industry continues adapting fashion shows during Covid-19. 

“I know that designers are innovating and starting to believe in the power of technology and digital platforms,” says Albania. “I see most of them already using social media and e-tailing (Electronic Retailing) more than ever.” 

Moving forward this year, Albania says we can expect to see more online fashion shows and digital content such as look-books, brand videos, designer Q&As, and even podcasts. 

“You can see that international platforms such as Shanghai Fashion Week, Mexico Fashion Week, and even recognized high-end brands like Chanel have already opted to do their shows digitally, offering a virtual experience to their audience and I strongly believe this is the new trend in fashion at least for the rest of 2020. Virtual fashion experience rather than traditional showcase.” 

(Photo Credit courtesy Albania Rosario)

FDLA’s Spring/Summer 2021 shows will also be joining the digital sphere this September during New York Fashion Week. Instead of physical shows, the catwalk shows of FDLA will be completely digital, grounded in digital storytelling with a stream on new collections shown virtually and available on FDLA’s website and all social networks. 

The FDLA digital platform will also contain virtual showrooms that will help connect brands with retailers, adding a business component to the week. 

“It is essential to look at the future and the opportunity to change, collaborate and innovate,” says Albania. “Many of our businesses have always embraced FDLA as a platform for not just fashion but for its influence on society, identity, and culture. The current pandemic is leading us all to reflect more poignantly on the society we live in and how we want to live our lives and build businesses when we get through this. The other side of this crisis, we hope will be about sustainability, creativity, and products that you value, respect, cherish.”

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(Photo Credit courtesy Albania Rosario)

The faces behind Latin America fashion 

Adapting fashion shows during Covid-19 is only one aspect of change that Albania is working on through FDLA.

Another major project brought about by the pandemic is FDLA’s storytelling fundraiser campaign, Las Caras Detrás De La Moda En Latino América. The campaign features hundreds of video clips from designers across the globe telling their stories and testimonies about how the pandemic has affected their businesses and what they are doing to help. 

The goal of this campaign is to raise funds for the FDLA Project, a marketplace / E-commerce platform for the use of Latinx designers and upcoming designers who have been impacted by Covid-19 to help them reinstate and rebuild moving forward. 

“Many of our designers are still working from their homes making thousands of face masks to donate to the most needed countries in Latin America, so I decided to start a campaign in order to raise funds for the FDLA Project,” says Albania. “The cost of this project’s development is over $50,000 and I am hoping through this campaign to be able to raise these funds to bring this idea to life.” 

In addition to their Covid-19 fund, FDLA has also launched an online school, FDLA Academy online where they are offering free and low cost classes for everyone–from beginners to advanced students–who is looking to learn a new skill during the quarantine. 

An opportunity to innovate 
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(Photo Credit courtesy Albania Rosario)

Throughout all the hardships this time has brought on the world, one positive is that it has taught us all a thing or two about adapting, innovating, and finding new opportunities in a bad scenario. 

“I strongly believe that every bad situation comes with a new opportunity but we must be ready to see it,” says Albania. “If we focus only on the negative, it will be impossible to find new opportunities. We have to face the obstacles that come across our path. This is what life is about.” 

Albania is using this time as an opportunity to innovate, learn, create, embrace technology and focus on the essentials. 

“Focus on what people need,” she says. “The glamour and haute couture should be placed on hold for now.” 

This mindset is rippling throughout the industry as more and more designers reconsider how they make their garments and focus on what is more essential rather than what is trendy or high end. 

We are watching the fashion industry evolve and transform before our very eyes as a new chapter in the history of fashion shows is written. It may not seem like revolutionary changes are happening yet, but soon we will look back at this time and wonder how the fashion world existed without virtual shows being commonplace.  

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Albania began FDLA when she saw a need for change in the industry. 

“Ten years ago I had a vision: I was going to build a platform that would allow Latinx designers to be part of the most exciting week of fashion in the world, New York Fashion Week. Ten years later, our Latinx designers are officially part of the scene at New York Fashion Week. I created a powerful platform that connects and builds bridges of fashion and opportunities across Latin America. I brought a fresh perspective to the fashion capital of the world. FDLA is that platform.” 

Now, Albania continues to push for innovation in the industry as she works toward adapting fashion shows during Covid-19 to the digital realm and re-imagine the way we experience the runway.