NY Fashion Week: Rafael Cennamo discusses dramatic couture design

Growing up in his native Venezuela, Rafael Cennamo was driven by his love of art and style to pursue a career in high fashion design. With the singular goal of owning his very own fashion empire, he studied fashion at Miami International University of Art & Design and launched a self-titled line of evening wear in 2006. He quickly became a favorite of local socialites and his form-fitting, contemporary designs soon began appearing on A-listers such as Eva Longoria, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and country cutie Carrie Underwood.

With the increasing demand for couture bridal wear – epitomizing his classic silhouettes reinterpreted with modern accents and intricate details – Cennamo launched a bridal line in spring 2010. With a ready-to-wear line to debut later this fall, Cennamo took a few minutes to speak to NBC Latino’s Nina Terrero behind the scenes at his design studio about the inspiration for his Spring/Summer ’13 collection.

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