M. de Phocas designers Jesus Torres and Alexis Zambrano with Patricia Harteneck, Yaz Hernandez and Leticia Presutti.

El Museo del Barrio’s 19th Spring gala was held on May 17th at Cipriani on 42nd Street in the heart of New York City. Various celebrities and fashion world luminaries attended the lively event which is among the most important Latino fundraisers in New York. The highlight of the evening was honoring the Cuban-American fashion designer, Narciso Rodriguez.

Actress Julianna Margulies, Fashion Designer Narciso Rodriguez and Yaz Hernandez.

A sea of fashion designers such as Bibhu Mohapatra, Cristian Cota, Carlos Campos  and editors from Vogue and W Magazines among others intermingled, as actress Julianna Margulies presented the award for Excellence in the Arts to Rodriguez for his longtime patronage to El Museo del Barrio. Margulies described the designer as “the only designer to win two consecutive CFDA awards for women’s wear and her dear friend for the past 18 years”.

Carolina Herrera

Fashion designer Carolina Herrera also served as presenter, bestowing Yaz Hernández with a trustee leadership award for her generosity, exemplary years of service and influential work on the museum’s Executive Committee. Ruben and Isabel Toledo presented Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. with the 2012 Corporate Excellence in Arts Award as the company celebrates the 150th anniversary of their founding in Santiago de Cuba.

Ruben and Isabel Toledo.

The glamorous fundraising event benefits New York’s leading Latino cultural institution and was chaired by Nina Garcia, Alex González and Sarah G. Wolfe. All honorees received a one of a kind piece designed by jeweler John Hardy.

Leslie Sardiñas, Rafa Marquez y Jaydy Michel and GRB Communications’ Gabriel Rivera-Barraza.

Fashion Designer Bibhu Mohapatra and Model, Mackenzie Hamilton. American Vogue’s Valerie Boster.

American Vogue’s Valerie Boster, Fashion Designer Christian Cota and Eugenia Gonzalez.

Marjorie Gubelmann, Carlos Mota and Nina Garcia. Monica Zaldivar.

Fashion Stylist Claudia Talamas, Karla Martinez and Menswear Designer Carlos Campos.

Jose Solis Betancourt, Yaz Hernandez, Valentin Hernandez Jr. and Makeup Artist Karlo Karlo.

Models in Narciso Rodriguez Dresses and Carlos Campos Menswear. From left, Anita Hodosi, Julia,Wayne Stephens, Jordan Hathaway, Daniel Broitman, and Dontus Borg.

Julianna Margulies and American Vogue’s Fashion Director, Tonne Goodman.

Victor Vargas

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Victor Vargas is a passionate, dynamic and highly accomplished fashion and beauty stylist, editor and publisher with nearly 20 years experience working with some of the biggest names in the fashion and beauty industry. Victor began his career as the in-house fashion stylist for The Nob Hill Gazette, San Francisco’s premier luxury lifestyle magazine. His natural talent quickly earned him a reputation for fashion editing as well. He moved on to style for publications such as Paper, In Style, and LA Times Magazine. After being hired by French Vogue Editor-in-Chief Richard Buckley, Victor’s talents as a fashion editor and stylist attained international status. Victor worked as the Fashion Editor at Improper Bostonian Magazine, successfully elevating the reputation of the publication’s fashion section, and has served as Contributing Fashion Editor to San Francisco’s SOMA Magazine and Singapore's Brave Magazine. He has developed editorial and advertising content, including a Courvoisier Cognac campaign with Karina Taira and an Eli Lilly campaign with Hollywood legend Julie Andrews and photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. He has developed fashion articles, TV commercials, and advertising campaigns for notable brands such as WE tv (Women’s Entertainment Television), Toyota, John Frieda Hair Products, Reebok, and Benefit Cosmetics. Victor has also led countless fashion, celebrity and cover sittings for high profile and international publications, working on covers for German Vogue, styling Hearst Publication Editors-in-Chief for Adweek Magazine, and styling fashion and Hollywood’s elite, including Milla Jovovich, Iman, Isabella Rossellini, Carmen Electra, Ryan Reynolds, Chloe Sevigny, Christina Ricci, and Tim Burton. He has also worked alongside art world luminaries such as Tina Barney, Shamim Momin, Paulo Troilo, and Timothy Cummings. Currently, Victor is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of WWW.LUXETIGERS.COM, an online international fashion and lifestyle magazine with a special emphasis on philanthropy. Through LUXETIGERS, Victor and his team have successfully developed and produced high-end fashion events benefiting numerous San Francisco Bay Area charitable organizations. Victor attended City College of San Francisco and UC Davis. He lives with his dog Max and splits his time between San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City.

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