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A Love Letter to New York

3rd May 2012

Goodbyes are never easy…especially when you are unsure of what the future holds.

Close to four months ago, I picked up my enter life to move to what many consider to be the epicenter of the world. And while I had no idea at the time, this single decision has morphed into an array of life changing opportunities.

For those of you that know me, even though I have called Arizona my home for my entire life, you are well aware that I have dreamed of living in New York City ever since my first visit 11 years ago. And while some may have doubted if I could actually do it, I am always one to follow through with my extravagant life plans.

Rarely have my own plans for my life fallen so perfectly into place as they have in this crazy concrete jungle. And while the city itself has so much to do with all the things I have experienced in these short few months, it is the city’s people that have made all the difference.

Being the cheese ball that I am, NYC really is what all those songs say it is. While it can eat your soul alive and leave you forgetting why you wanted to live here in the first place, it truly is the place “where dreams are made of.”

As I transition back to suburbia for the next few months (since I will luckily get to call the city my permanent home in the very near future) all I can think about is how much my life has been shaped by the people, places, and things I have experienced here.

So here is to this city! To every crowded subway ride and every Brooklyn hipster, to every struggling artist and every street performer…don’t give up! For as the wisest New Yorker of them all Frank Sinatra once said, “If I can make it here, I’ll make it anywhere.”


NYFW: Exclusive Look at Raul Peñaranda’s New Collection

18th February 2012

419006_330402500329393_1481438117_nA dream came true for Colombian-Venezuelan designer Raul Peñaranda.

Wednesday night, he debuted his Fall/Winter 2012 ready to wear collection at New York Fashion Week.

Born in Colombia and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and Miami, Peñaranda came to New York City to pursue his love of fashion.

While attending the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parson’s New School for Design, Peñaranda was offered his first job as a freelance designer for Liz Claiborne.

While Peñaranda worked under some of the most elite names in fashion, his dream of designing his own line never left his mind.

After working for Oscar De La Renta, Tommy Hilfiger, and DKNY, Peñaranda debuted his first ready to wear collection in the fall of 2010.

His newest collection for Fall/Winter 2012, entitled “Midnight Opulence”, is inspired by the subtle beauty Peñaranda sees around him.

Living by the mantra “dream, vision, realty”, Peñaranda designs clothes that feel luxurious but have an understated beauty.

Peñaranda is not concerned about what is considered fashionable, “To me the trend, you have to feel it, you don’t have to follow it.”

His ready to wear line has become an extension of Peñaranda’s vibrant Latino personality which is what his brand is all about.

While being a Latino in the fashion industry has been a challenge, he hopes to bring the “cha,cha,cha” passion of Latino designers back to fashionistas everywhere, he said.

(This post originally appeared on Fox News Latino