Throughout fashion week I was privileged to witness many different shows by several different designers, each having their own personal flair; however, none stood out to me in quite the same way that the San Andrès Milano show did. It stood out to me because of how much love and how much of the actual designer was evident in each piece of the collection. It was glaringly obvious in the story the show depicted which began with a slow romantic melody played by a live mariachi band, a humble nod to Andrès Caballero’s heritage and culture. The song was reminiscent of a rare desert flower, which blossoms only at night, waking from its slumber, unfurling its resplendent petals sensually before beginning to sway in a dance of ultimate perfection. The dark seductive colors of Mexico at dusk lending and an entrancing element of mystery to its timeless waltz.
Every piece is imprinted with Andrès Caballero personal touch, for it is truly the smallest of things which make a collection great. Everything from the jewel-toned silk jacquard, hand selected and made only Como, to the heart shaped jewelry made by Stroili yet designed also by Caballero in yet another labor of love and the matching insignia of which is reflected in the print of the fabric. All the way down to the precious Swarovski crystal embellishments which send the gemstone toned fabrics from being glamorous to simply entrancing as they sashayed down the runway complemented by floral prints and ruffle adornments. But perhaps my favorite part of Caballero’s romantic tale was when he, the puppet master of the mysterious desert flowers, at the end of the final walk, sent the blossoms swaying in unison down the runway in a dance that set the designs to life. A farewell dance in shades of midnight black, magenta, emerald green and the azure blue in celebration of the coming dawn. It was truly a mesmerizing experience, a testament to the love and soul Andreas Caballero pours into his designs and the work he loves.
San Andres Milano
Spring Summer 2017
San Andres Milano
Photos & Text By Jennifer Brown