Runway Recap: Bela Criacao at Nolcha Fashion Week: New York presented by RUSK SS14
Designer Name: Felicia Persuad
Label Name: Bela Criacao
Background: I am half West Indian and half Brazilian. I was born and raised in Guyana, South America. As a young girl, I watched my mother own and operate a textile company. At that point of my life I realized how strong my love was for the fashion world and it is amazing to see a simple sketch come to life. At the age of 20, I migrated to the US and started working in the Real Estate industry. At the age of 24, I opened my first company, which is a title insurance company named Empire Land Services. This business became successful but I felt that I was still missing something in my life, and I realized that I was suppressing my burning desire for what I love most “Fashion.” I am at the right point of my life with my two boys being old enough to take care of themselves. I’ve decided to move forward with creating the Bela Criacao fashion line.
Vision: As a designer, my main focus is on the beauty of a woman’s body. I have a strong belief in creating that unique fit that will accentuate the beauty and curves of every woman. I would like for women who wear my collection to feel confident, sexy and sophisticated about themselves.
Signature style: A collection of staples designed to seamlessly fit into a woman’s wardrobe and take her from day to night. Not to be forgotten, Felicia’s signature prints inspired by the colors and textures of the Brazilian rainforest are also a collection mainstay.
Influence: For Spring 2014 Bela Criacao is inspired by the sights, sounds and culture of South America coupled with a love for the pace and intensity of the modern woman’s lifestyle.
Brand philosophy: Bela Criacao is a “go-to” collection for the woman not afraid to indulge in fashion among the demands of her daily life.
To view more of the Bela Criacao collection visit: http://nolchafashionweek.dphoto.com/#/album/09d8bu
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.