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Latino Fashion Week sashays into Dallas, leaves room for more

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The Latino Fashion Week Tour "LFW", an event slated as "By Latinos, For Everyone", made its way to Dallas' Sisu Uptown Resort on May 1, 2014. The highly anticipated cultural affair drew in fashion enthusiasts from all over the metroplex to sip and lounge poolside for what was set to be an all out runway extravaganza. With designs rocking the runway by local labels and brands, the LFW Tour promised to be one of the must-attend events of the season.

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As the sun began to set and the Uptown skyline illuminated, the scene at Sisu Resort became the picturesque location for such an event as the LFW tour. Latin sensation, Kury Luna opened the show with a low-key serenade to the audience, which came as a surprise to those hearing him for the first time. Flanked by two models clad in Veve swimwear, Luna debuted a new single to an audience filled with some of Dallas' most notorious fashion influencers. Spotted in the crowd was model Mary Bentley, Haggar Clothing Co.'s Yvonne Kinser and international fashion consultant Leonardo D'Almagro to name a few.

Expectations were high for the event that was marketed and coined as "beyond exceptional" and while the standard may not have been met that evening there were many hits throughout the presentation that heavily outweighed the misses. At the top of the roller-coaster show was Colombian-inspired brand, CaritoCaro which opened the show strong and instantly became a crowd favorite for its wearable fashions. From lightweight boho cover-ups to lacy and flirty dresses, CaritoCaro showcased ready-to-wear fashions that ushered in the spring and summer seasons perfectly.

While design construction and fit seemed to be a challenge for both Panamanian label, KHG by Krystle Holnes, and the Elvira Diaz designs, all was forgotten once the Rulli Torres collection hit the stage. Creating the perfect crescendo to an almost reminiscent Lady Gaga-esque runway show, Torres blended the perfect shock factor of masquerade masks and steel with beautifully draped evening wear--adding the perfect touch of artistry needed for an event worthy of the "fashion week" title.

Rounding out the evening was an awe-inspiring presentation by Binzario Couture. Combining all facets of elegance, glamour and grace, the Binzario Couture bridal collection demonstrated in and of itself what is expected in quality, design and overall presentation for a fashion week.

Despite several unmentioned hiccups attributable to both design and model production--the event proved to be nonetheless entertaining and enlightening, leaving way for much improvement. 2015 will be a monumental year for Latino Fashion Week as it gains in following and momentum each year--and as a mecca such as Dallas which is drawn to diversity and multi-culturally inclusive events, it's safe to say that all will be eagerly standing by for more.