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In Her Moment
A catastrophic earthquake tore down half of Haiti in 2010 that Carolina experienced herself.
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fashion designer: CAROLINA RINCHERE FASHION STYLIST: JUANITA CRARY HAIR & MAKE-UP ARTIST: VALENTINA TABARES model: ANIKA CHARLES MODELING AGENCY: NEXT LEVEL photographer: flávio iryoda SPECIAL THANKS - NESTOR CAMACHO , Saul Kapilivsky , MIAMI INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF ART & DESIGN
A catastrophic earthquake tore down half of Haiti in 2010 that Carolina experienced herself. Many people died, got injured, were left homeless, lived in tent camps, and still do today. This collection is an emotional reflection of what happened. Collapsed buildings and tents will influence the silhouettes of the garments, which are incredibly voluminous. The chosen colors express mixed feelings. Carolina expects this collection’s theme has a relatable purpose that all can identify with at some point. It represents an intersecting point between painful memories and the ability to move on from them. Carolina definitely delivers a comforting emotion to all that can experience her garments. When available later in the year, 25% of the proceeds will help the recent earthquake victims in south Haiti.
INITIAL ETHOS BY CAROLINA RINCHERE
I was born and raised in Haiti, and most of my ancestors are from Congo, Africa. My country has always had a story of catastrophe, political unrest, precarious housing, and poverty. The lack of political instability has led to loss and pain. Eleven years ago, a natural disaster scarred me. Buildings, houses, and schools were severely damaged. So many people died and got injured. Luckily, my family and I were safe. Unfortunately, I lost a lot of friends. The experience has knocked me to the ground and consumed my life for many years. Looking back, I realize that those horrific memories are still painful. I’ve never been to therapy, but I can express my feelings throughout my designs. The bloody red color was all I could see that day. We were sleeping in camping tents because our homes weren’t safe anymore. This tragedy has been a part of my life experiences, and it inspires me as a designer, art is influential. I will recreate what I felt and experienced to help those intense feelings and sensations associated with fear and anxiety disappear. It will challenge me to get out of my shell and liberate my creative mind. I have always been afraid about the quality of my thinking, and I have the opportunity to let it out through my drawings. Can unexpected tragic events around us be perceived as punishment from God for bad behavior, lack of belief, karma, or random happenings? We may never know why tragedy happens. My work is about finding beauty in darkness, creating a scenario where people can move on, and learning to let go of past hurts.
The Balas FAMILY Foundation for children @umffc
When available, 25% of all proceeds will go towards helping the victims of Southern Haiti’s most recent earthquakes.

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