Rolando Santana’s Italian Love Affair
NEW YORK, NY – Rolando Santana transported his guests to the romantic city of Florence, as he presented
his collection to a media packed Exit Art.
For the Spring 2012 Collection, Santana has chosen a color palette ranging from white, alabaster, hints of
sage, and several shades of tan, inspired by the drenching color of the sun hitting parts of the city at different
times of the day. Silk taffeta, chiffon, textured metallic raw silk, lambskin, sophisticated prints on silk twill
and sheer mesh with embellishments, certainly had a modern relevance to the renaissance city.
Throughout Santana’s collection, the pieces accentuate the feminine and sophisticated flair of the classic
Italian woman. Impeccably tailored sensual pants along with playfully timeless full-skirted dresses and
jacketed silhouettes, Santana combines the classic romantic city feel with his modern interpretation, giving
women the ultimate perfection between historic and contemporary Florence. Known for his exquisite
dresses, Santana continues his elegant draping, understated prints and exquisite sensuality. Again continuing
his love affair with Italy, Santana continues with discrete opulence with his use of refined beading and
sequin detailing. “The energy of the city, both day and night; shopping at the market, neighborhood outdoor
café to a stroll down a narrow cobblestone Florentine street, were all inspiration to me. I think of the women
I design for and how I see them in different parts of the world”, said an enthusiastic Santana.
This season, Santana collaborated with the iconic Manolo Blahnik, whose luxury shoe brand is made
exclusively in Italy. One pair of strappy sandals with ruffle detail and the other classic pointed toe sleek
pump with mesh detailing and tassel ties, truly gave shoe-lovers a moment in heaven.
Special thanks to Joey Casmata for make-up, and hair by Patrick Melville of Artists by Timothy Priano.
About Rolando Santana
Rolando Santana is in his 4th season is known for his exquisite dresses and is primarily focused on designing
with the customer in mind and creating looks that always make women look and feel their best. His designs
have been featured on the pages of WWD, Elle Mexico, Vanity Fair and various international press. Rolando
Santana’s design can currently be purchased at some of the top specialty boutiques around the country,
please visit for a complete list.