Ones to Watch – Mariana Valentina

September 24, 2014


The Nolcha Fashion Week: New York team had the opportunity to catch up with NYC based independent fashion designer Mariana Valentina.

Mariana was born in New York, where she pursued her studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Being raised in the Hamptons, with an Argentine and European heritage, Mariana’s style was influenced by the glamour and high society people from around the world. With most of her family still residing in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she frequently visits the country and is tainted by its alluring culture and lifestyle. After many years of working for several high end boutiques, showrooms, and styling agencies, Mariana decided to finally launch her own line

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 11.53.30Why did you decide to become a fashion designer? Designing is my only outlet to express my emotions.

What’s it like being in the fashion industry? Competitive, challenging, exciting, motivating, and inspiring

How would you describe your brand? Fluid, dramatic, transient, simple, sensual and classic

What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far? Having the opportunity to sell my dresses in 3 boutiques in the Hamptons, where I was raised

What is the inspiration behind one particular piece from your collection? One particular piece that I love from the collection was inspired by the movie 300 from the Persian Princess and the fantastical environment and nature of the movie.

Describe your ideal consumer A powerful woman who can create an impact in society, attractive, travels to luxury resorts, enjoys shopping, attending events, galas, and dinners, has a large social circle

What is your favorite piece and why? The Amaranthus Dress because I think it represents the entire collection as a whole
If you could have any celebrity spokes model, who would it be and why? Queen Rania because I think she represents my perfect consumer- she is an influential woman, she has the ideal look and lifestyle for my dresses, and I am very inspired by middle eastern women and culture.

What store would you love to have your clothes in? Harvey Nichols in the Middle East

What does 2015 hold for the brand? Expanding the line to new boutiques not only domestically but overseas as well

“Look for the woman in the dress, if there is no woman, there is no dress.”

The Nolcha Fashion Week Ones to Watch feature is a weekly interview highlighting an independent fashion designer that is making moves in the fashion industry. Whether from a runway show in New York City or discovered by our globetrotting team we are proud to be a platform of discovery supporting innovative independent fashion.

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Nolcha Fashion Week: New York, founded by Kerry Bannigan and Arthur Mandel, is a leading award winning event held during New York Fashion Week hosting independent fashion designer runway shows.