by Nakia P. Thomas
August 29



DSC_0785In the spirit of Flashback Friday, here are a few photos from Candela’s Spring Summer 2014 presentation from last September’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. Last year’s Candela presentation was held in the Box at Lincoln Center, one of the smaller rooms under the “tents”.


DSC_0668Founded by Uruguayan, Gabriela Perezutti Hearst—a former model who grew up on her family’s ranch—Candela is inspired by the nostalgia of Gabriela’s youth as a child of the estancia, amid horses, cattle and mother nature. “Candela is the embodiment of Gabriela’s wistfully romantic past”, and reflects its founder’s bohemian aesthetic. DSC_0702DSC_0701DSC_0700Candela’s Spring 2014 presentation was a tempestuous affair, with seemingly shipwrecked models, some more affected by the storm than others. Some models were dressed in eveningwear with neatly groomed hair, while others were weather beaten with windswept locks and casualwear.

DSC_0688DSC_0691DSC_0694The Spring 2014 collection is replete with pieces that fuses the comfort inherent to Gabriella’s Gaucho living, with an urban sensibility influenced by the designer’s home in New York.



DSC_0724Showcased in a beautifully designed set, Candela’s seafaring models were dressed as if heading to different destinations. Set decor included rope, mesh (reminiscent of a fisherman’s net), and other nautical themes that were inspired by the designer’s husband’s love of sailing.  According to Gabriella: “I realized what I really love is the freedom. When you’re on the water, your problems are away in the land.”



This freedom is reflected in the relaxed setting and in the models’ easy styling. Check out my photos of Candela’s Spring 2014 collection in the gallery below and stay tuned for more Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week photos!

Photos and article by Naki.

Nakia works as a corporate lawyer for a Fortune 500 company, and as a fashion and lifestyle consultant — providing styling, lifestyle management and concierge services for brands and individuals along the Northeast Corridor, from her home base in New York City via Nakia Thomas Creative. Nakia also provides legal and advisory services to clients in the fashion, art and entertainment industries via Stelle Legal, and appears in that capacity as a cast member in WeTv’s Money.Power.Respect., a docu-series focusing on lawyers in New York City. Nakia is a member of the Board of Directors of Bronx Legal Services, and was previously on an Advisory Board for Moore College of Art & Design. Visit for more information.

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