This week on the Bella Petite Hour (with host Ann Lauren) and co-host Ginger Puglia, Bella Petite’s resident fashion expert, President of GingerFinds and fashion entertainment and lifestyle trends television host for Fox News NYC.
We have two special guest designers joining us to offer great petite fashion tips, must have accessories (both outer and under wear), talk about industry trends and great holiday gift “receiving” suggestions to tell your man about!
Both designers will offer candid discussion on what they call the “realistic woman.” We’ll unlock the mystery to why petite women are the real forgotten woman and when they think we will see a trend towards petite models like Devon Aoki (shown in the Chanel campaign on the left) in print or on the runways anytime soon!
LINGERIE DESIGNER JENNA LEIGH
Launched in 2009, Jenna Leigh, the eponymous lingerie and intimates brand designed by Jenna Leigh, laces perfect, precise fit with high-fashion attitude, satisfying both daily indulgence and special occasion looks for the girl who doesn’t want to keep her lingerie under wraps. Jenna infuses her collection with the perfect balance of retro and current fashion, capturing that timeless, enviable glamour that only “it girls” possess.
Jenna’s line is petite friendly! Including little bra sizing. The range starts at 32A up to 36D.
Inspired by the beautiful people and places captured by photographer Slim Aarons, cutting-edge runway trends, and the metropolitan allure of her New York/Philadelphia/Miami lifestyle, Jenna’s designs flaunt ultra-chic style and stunning technical details fused with the contemporary need for comfort and practicality.
Jenna presents lingerie as new wardrobe opportunity, reinventing garters, skirts and rompers as key pieces in addition to bras and panties, establishing Jenna Leigh as a fresh new brand in the marketplace.
“Lingerie is the first thing you put on and the last thing you take off, every single day. It sets the foundation for the way you look and feel, inspiring every emotion from confident to coquette,” says Jenna. “Jenna Leigh is designed to give women style and confidence.” Jenna Leigh is available at her website Jenna Leigh Lingerie and exclusive retailers nationwide.
FASHION DESIGNER ROLANDO SANTANA
Rolando Santana was born in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Santana spent his early childhood watching his mother make beautiful creations, for special clients, from a small dressmaking business she ran from their home. He recalls, “At that time, little did I realize, that her sewing room would serve as the inspiration for my love of fashion, and nurture my dream to become a designer.”
He also remembers that he could get lost in fabric stores for hours, with his mother, enjoying all the colors and textures. As he grew, so did his mother’s business. At about the age of 13, he began to spend all his free time in her production factory, honing his skills and learning the art of pattern making, construction and sewing.
In 1991, driven by his desire to become a fashion designer, he left home and moved to New York, to follow his dream. After completing degrees in International Business at Mercy College and Fashion Design at FIT, he landed his first job as an assistant designer at Spenser Jeremy, where his talent was immediately recognized and he was promoted to dress designer.
In 2005, he joined Donna Morgan as creative director, and in 2006 he was recruited as vice president of design with Kellwood Company’s Designer Alliance, where he launched the Democracy contemporary dress collection. After a successful, career designing for well-known, dress companies, Santana decided, that the time was right to open his own collection.
Today, Santana has became more focused on designing with the customer in mind and creating looks with the primary purpose of always making all women feel beautiful in his dresses.
Visit Rolando Santana’s collection today!
Rolando Santana is setting new trends as a contemporary designer by using runway and print models from 5’6″ to 5’9,” which in his words that is not the industry standard. The model shown (above) wearing his latest trench coach design is 5’6″. We are happy to say that is a step in the right direction!
Someday the industry standards will be identical to our favorite petite celebrities like 5’0″Hayden Panettiere and 5’4″ Halle Berry!
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