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Hot Stepz Spotlight: Designer Yuliana Candra for BlacMéra
The latest collection by Yuliana Candra under her BlacMéra label was shown at the Couture Fashion Week on Friday, February 17, 2012. The fashion show was held in the legendary Grand Ballroom of the world-famous Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
BlacMéra, the couture brand founded by Yuliana Candra, has a vision of femininity and the romanticism of the old world to modern, strong, and powerful women. It is a statement of effortless elegance with international appeal, Pre event press releases remarked "the designer draws her inspiration from the heritage of world cultures and transforms the rich nuances into contemporary high fashion through detailed craftsmanship and the finest textiles. Her understanding of grace and beauty from a seasoned exploration around the world is expressed meticulously through distinctive beading, hand embroidery, crystal work, and intricate embellishments. The lavish and alluring signature pieces are cut-to-the-curve to accentuate the feminine silhouette."
Ms. Candra’s showed her passion for world cultures that inspired her commitment to the revival of various dying arts and crafts and her collaborations with artisans from around the globe. BlacMéra’s collections are glamorous unique and bold with historical opulence and a personalized character. “I am often asked what is my inspiration for the hand painted tunic dresses, says Ms. Candra. Ms Candra remarked that photography was her passion and her influences are found in places like Morocco, Rajashtan, and colorful Zanzibar Island. "I gathered knowledge of unfortunate dying arts in various places. I have always wanted to do something about reviving them. Here I am, finally connecting everything I love: travel, photography, culture, arts, and making a difference.”
BlacMéra was featured at the recent 53rd Grammy Awards as well as at the Primetime Emmy and ESPN/ESPY Awards. celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Nicole Kidman, Annette Bening, Amy Adams, and Michelle Williams were among the nominees who received the designer’s signature hand painted tunics. Yuliana Candra is a favorite designer of Riza Santos, the recently crowned Miss World Canada 2011, who wore BlacMéra’s evening gowns, cocktail dresses, and jewelry during the competition.
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