When Andrea Fascinetto, the Mexican born, Paris educated fashion designer, stepped in front of the paparazzi at the Rémy Martin One Life / Live Them launch event in New York City’s Chelsea gallery district on October 20, the pop of the camera flashes got a little louder and faster. Fascinetto was not the only beautifully dressed woman to walk the carpet at the event that was co-hosted by actor/producer/singer/Renaissance Man, Jeremy Renner; also in attendance that night were Lucy Liu, Laverne Cox, Kelly Bensimon, Kelly Rutherford, Sanny Ven Hesteren and Zuleihka Robinson, among others. All the stars were stylishly turned out for the elegant soireé, but it was the skirt Fascinetto was wearing that caused the stir amongst the photographers. The knee-length sheer skirt with strategically placed embroidery revealed just enough of the designer’s thighs to draw all eyes and lenses her way. The combined effect of mini skirt and librarian length primness created a chic and sexy silhouette.
The skirt was from Fascinetto’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection, which she presented on February 2, 2015, at the Carriage House Center on the East Side. Another piece from that collection was worn this past Monday night, October 26th, by Simply Caro’s Caroline Byron, when she attended Fascinetto’s SS16 fashion show that was held at the Park Lounge on top of the Gansevoort Park Hotel on Park Avenue. Gluten-free baker and pastry chef Byron sported a pair of embroidered sheer trousers under an elegant black overcoat. Other celebs in attendance at Fascinetto and her design partner, Eric Geiger’s, show that night were “Orange is the New Black’s” Laura Prepon and “Real Housewives of New York City”, LuAnn de Lesseps and Kelly Bensimon.
Former Victoria’s Secret Angel, Selita Ebanks, opened and closed the show, an intimate affair with guests sitting comfortably on sofas in the penthouse lounge high over Park Avenue as models walked the carpeted runway. Ebank’s last runway show was in 2011, and since that time, the model has branched out in many directions, including acting, running a talent school in her hometown in the Cayman Islands and co-founding the charitable organization, Women’s Coalition for Empowerment and Opportunity. The New York Post’s Page Six reported yesterday that Ebanks appeared nervous backstage while preparing for her first catwalk in four years, but, in fact, the model, who has also appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, was poised and relaxed as she sat for hair and makeup with the other models.
Fascinetto is know for her sharp eye for detail, having studied fine art and photography before pursuing her fashion design education at Parson’s in Paris and New York City. Fascinetto’s aesthetic is a cross between Tom Ford and Givenchy Haute Couture – a sensual yet refined look for women mixing sculptural layers with more fluidity. The SS16 collection the designer showed on Monday night was the perfect combo of power dressing and sensuality; teasing little cutouts appearing in unexpected places, and loose cuffs on jackets mixed with sheer tops created a surprisingly fresh yet sophisticated statement of femininity and confidence.
Fascinetto has been featured in Vogue Mexico, Vanity Fair Mexico, and E!’s The Fabulist. Her line is currently carried at Saks Fifth Avenue in Mexico City.