5 Emerging Latinx Designers That Should Be On Your Radar

Krystal Paniagua
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Krystal Paniagua

Puerto Rican designer Krystal Paniagua’s raw, transformative knitwear collection pushed the boundaries of tailoring and knitting. The figure-hugging garments don’t conform to one singular function of knits. Instead, they invite the wearer’s interpretation and creativity – sweaters can be transformed into skirts – foregrounding the relationship between clothes, wearer, and designer.

The deconstructed looks also materialize the designer’s perception of environmental decay and urbanization in the Caribbean. Community-centered concepts combined with nostalgia for her Puerto Rican upbringing make Paniagua’s adjustable, sensual knits forge emotional connections with their wearers.


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