Aquino - What is the inspiration
for your collection this year?
Castro -We're going back into what is feminine
in a woman. In the decade of the 90's everything was simple and
very black. That's why I produced lots of colors in this
collection, because we are returning to what is feminine. I
always add some black dresses that are needed for travel or for a
cocktail party, and I had fun adding colorful stockings and the
shoes by Carlos Molina... so we added more colorful fabrics and
opulence in the mixing of fabrics with embroideries and oriental
ornaments which fascinate me... in reality there is no
inspiration per se, what inspires me is the fabrics.
Aquino - Tell me a little bit about the fabrics.
Castro - Well I always like to mix
fabrics... a chiffon pant with a tafetta jacket... also a chiffon
pant that you can wear with something else, with a chiffon blouse
or anything else you may have in your wardrobe. In other words my
pieces are interchangeable. You can wear it with my designs
or with other pieces you may have in your wardrobe.
Aquino - Some of the models were wearing
accessories. Are they your work?
Castro - No, they are by another designer, Lita
Rubio, who has some spectacular jewelry. I went to see her
collection and it was exactly what I wanted for my Fall
collection, because I believe it goes well with my pieces.
Aquino - It matches your collection.
Castro - Exactly. Accessories are popular now,
especially neck accessories
Aquino - The shoes by Carlos Molina were fun.
Castro - Very much fun... It was a perfect
match... I'm very happy with this collection.
Aquino - You also had the traditional wedding
gown at the end.
Castro - Yes, in my store I have the
pret-a-porter, haute couture and the brides and haute couture
tailored to size also.
Aquino - Where is your store?
Castro - In Miami, but I also sell to Neiman
Marcus and stores in New York and Bal Harbor.
Aquino - Well, this is the second time you are
exhibiting as part of the Fashion of the Americas.
Castro - Yes.
Aquino - Did you get good results the first year
you exhibited here?
Castro - I believe it was successful. The press
is very important at these shows and there was good coverage last
year. I think it has created an awareness not only in Miami but
in New York and L.A. that are the fashion centers in the USA.
Aquino - The message is getting around.
Castro - Yes, the message is getting around and
it is very important.
Aquino - Your relationship with other
designers... I see that here the designers participate as an
audience, there is a fraternity or camraderie among the
Castro - Well, we did the show in Ecuador and
last year here in Miami... and since we see each other once a
year it has been fun... we get to know each other, we embrace
because we spend so many days together with the other designers
and the models and this and that.
Aquino - What future projects do you have in the
Castro - Well, I'm very happy with my new store
which is doing very well and next I will probably will be
exhibiting in the New York shows.
Aquino - Fabulous. For what type of woman
do you design?
Castro - For a woman who likes fashion and
having fun with fashion.
Aquino - I believe with that comment we can
close this interview. Thank you very much!