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From Argentinian Ice-Skating Champion To New York Fashion Designer

From Argentinian Ice-Skating Champion To New York Fashion Designer

Posted by PanamericanWorld on March 01, 2017

Alex Vinash is a New York based fashion Designer, by way of Buenos Aires, who channeled his experience as an Argentinian professional ice-skating national into fashion design. Vinash transitioned seamlessly by designing dance and ice-skating costumes, while choreographing ice-skating shows throughout Europe. He later began designing intricate custom fitted clothing, primarily using the moulage technique. Vinash has received critical acclaim through showings in Fashion Week at New York, Spain, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Boston. 

"I became 30 years old and was like, okay what I'm doing? I don't want to be skating in shows for my whole life," he told NBC. That's when Vinash set his sights on what he had been wearing during his decades on the ice. 

"In the skating world you normally glue all the rhinestones because they are not heavy. I would sew all the pieces that I wanted to sew and add some textures or some feathers or flowers," he explained. This handmade familiarity with fashion - and an admiration for textures, colors, and matching - led Vinash to open his own line of clothes for ice skating at age 34.

He based the line from Barcelona, Spain, where Vinash had lived six years prior to its opening. The motivation for the line was for those still on the rink, especially "for people who like me get older and just wanted to train with easy clothes." 

Vinash received a life changing opportunity in 2014. His Barcelona store was located by one of the gay beaches and was receiving a heightened amount of foot traffic, including a visit that would alter his career. "One of the stylists for Vanity Fair came to the studio and said, 'I need some of your leotards for a shoot we are doing,'" explained Vinash.

The shoot featured designs from fashion giants like Dolce and Gabbana, Nina Ricci and Christian Dior. The stylist requested Vanish's leotards and added them to the shoot. "They posted five of them and it was very interesting because after that my phone was like boom, boom, boom." 

In 2015, Vinash was invited to New York City for two weeks, which turned into two years. 

The lessons and connections made in New York City have enabled Vinash to work with celebrities like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. 

For the 10th anniversary of Black Women in Hollywood this year in Los Angeles, Vanish was approached by Vanessa K. De Luca, editor-in-chief of Essence Magazine for a design. For Vanish, this was an "honor." A longtime reader and follower of Essence, he spoke highly of the magazine's importance in showcasing women and models of color.

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