New York fashion designer and San Antonio native Marisol Delunapresented a new collection for her Marisol Deluna New York label at a runway show held at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas on November 14, 2014. The show marked the designer’s 25th anniversary in fashion and helped launch her latest effort, the Fashion Initiative of the Marisol Deluna Foundation.
Ms. Deluna presented a new collection, which offers her signature lifestyle designs in vibrant colors and prints. Models from acrossTexas walked the runway including men, women and children along with dogs for adoption from the Animal Defense League ofTexas.
The collection was complimented with hats adorned by Deluna’s prints, designed in collaboration with her longtime friend and New York milliner Rodney Keenan. After the show Keenan remarked, “Marisol’s modern flourish brings new life and a sparkling femininity to the classic forms she works with. Her generosity is as boundless as her talent, and I’m delighted I could be here to cheer her on and this remarkable accomplishment. I look forward to the next 25.”
In attendance, fashion historian Cameron Silver noted “Marisol Deluna’s distinctive signature prints have solidified her reputation as the 21st century Lilly Pulitzer. She’s forged a unique business model with a philanthropic angle that was celebrated by fans during her 25th anniversary fashion spectacular.”
The Foundation’s Advisory Committee includes Rod Keenan and Cameron Silver in addition to fellow designers John Bartlett, Keanan Duffty and David Hart who share her vision. Ms. Deluna stated, “This show underscores a core principle of our brand that fashion can be harnessed for bigger ideas in the service of others. Mentorship is a privilege.”
Former San Antonio Mayor and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro stated, “Marisol Deluna has the support of the City of San Antonio. A hometown girl giving back to the city she grew up in. Her fashion line and accessories are unique. Her creation of the Marisol Deluna Foundation will provide, an educational opportunity for many local students and young designers in fashion trades.”
About the Marisol Deluna Foundation: Marisol Deluna Foundation, Inc. is a Texas nonprofit corporation that supports the education and mentoring of students and young designers in fashion and design arts. The Foundation works in partnership with civic, corporate and government entities to promote educational initiatives and community benefits within the State of Texas. For more information, visit http://www.marisoldelunafoundation.org.