Sunday, November 29, 2009

6th Annual BIENESTAR Fashion Show benefits Latinos living with HIV/AIDS

Merlin Castell—A fashion icon best known for his haute couture tailored clothing, Castells fascinating rags to riches story has made him one of the industry’s most sought-after designers who has dressed the likes of Paris Hilton, Priscilla Presley and Paula Abdul.

A gathering of fashion stars

The Sacramento fashion scene continues to evolve, with more shows and more local designers, models and stylists gaining momentum and attracting national attention.

However, recognizing their efforts - in the capital - has not happened on a big scale.

That's about to change.
[ Merlin Castell, 37, grew up in Honduras and was a contestant this summer on Season 1 of Bravo's "The Fashion Show." He lives in L.A. and is working on three fashion collections.

"My dream is to see 'Merlin' clothing in Nordstrom and on every woman who wants to look pretty," he says.

Castell has never been to Sacramento. He also is eager to talk to the upand- coming designers in the show.

"My advice to them will be to have your own style," he says. "Whatever that is. I'm a little eccentric! Celebrities sell products because they're celebrities. Designers sell because they have character."