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July 26 2014

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Rafael Cennamo Spring 2013

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Label: Rafael Cennamo

Need to know: Stars from Taylor Swift to Jada Pinkett Smith have picked up couture-quality red-carpet gowns from this Italian-Venezuelan designer, a youngster who’s been at the helm of his own label since 2006. He launched a bridal line in 2010, and plans for ready-to-wear are up next. Spring was all about super-glam gowns, and this season’s ode to Japan was over-the-top opulent.

He says: “I was inspired by Japanese culture,” Cennamo said at his presentation on Saturday. The designer used hand embroidery to represent traditional cherry blossoms and created a kimono shape with metal obi belts. “I wanted a mix of soft and structure.”

Where to find it: Saks Fifth Avenue, Harvey Nichols, and specialty boutiques.

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