Haute Secrets: Creative Director of Binzario Couture, Andre Yabin

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Andre Yabin and Luis Nazario at Fall 2016 NYFW
Andre Yabin and Luis Nazario at Fall 2016 NYFW

When designers Andre Yabin and Luis Nazario decided to combine more than 25 years of bridal and formal wear design experience to establish Binzario Couture in 2007, it was with the aspiration of being able to develop a successful and profitable business creating custom couture and bridal gowns for local, Dallas clientele. Today Binzario Couture’s breathtaking collections have graced the runways in both New York and Paris, two of the most prestigious fashion weeks in the world. With continuous requests pouring in from high-profile socialites and local celebrities to dress them, it’s easy to surmise that the dynamic duo have paved a brilliant road to success and continue to make a poignant mark in the fashion world.

Growing up in Philadelphia, Andre Yabin, the Head Designer and Creative Director of Binzario Couture was deeply influenced by his mother’s love of fashion and at an early age discovered what would become his lifelong passion. During his early academic years, Yabin’s exposure to design in a middle school home economics class initiated his interests in both millinery fashion the practical concepts of sewing. Having a strong entrepreneurial drive, at the young age of 16, he began designing, marketing and selling uniquely designed hats to women across the United States. It was then that he truly realized his love for making women look and feel their very best.

Always keeping design, close to his heart Yabin decided to pursue other creative interests such as architecture, graphic design, music, photography and fashion. He went on to study architecture at Philadelphia University, earning a BS in Digital Design with a concentration in Architecture. Shortly after college, Yabin joined The Prisco Group, an architectural design firm and became one of the lead digital designers for the Microsoft School of the Future Project, Philadelphia, PA.

2003 was a pivotal year in Yabin’s professional career when he was relocated to Dallas for an architectural design position with Jonathan Bailey Associates. One year after his move, Yabin decided to continue to pursue his love of fashion and later partnered with Luis Nazario in forming the luxury fashion House of Binzario Couture.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Luis Nazario’s love of fashion and thirst for knowledge would encourage his first steps in pursuing a career in the fashion industry. From an early age he felt he was born to sew but unsure of what path to take Nazario pursued and education at JoseMantanez Genaro in Manati, Puerto Rico where he obtained a BAS in Graphic Design Communications. After receiving his degree, he went on to work with a high end children’s boutique where he would provide graphic services for the store. Continually intrigued by the design process and the construction of the boutique’s clothing, Nazario decided to pursue a formal education in fashion.

Soon after, Nazario became well known at many high end boutiques for sewing formal gowns and providing difficult alteration services. Making a name for himself in Puerto Rico, he dreamed of establishing a renown atelier for his couture bridal and formal collections, and in 2007 his dream became reality when he partnered with Andre Yabin in Dallas, TX.

Today, Nazario oversees the thoroughly precise construction, restyling and alterations of the company’s couture gowns and has sewn custom gowns for Musical Artist, Jennifer Land and Gospel Artist Tamela Mann.

Launching their first evening and cocktail collection in 2015, Binzario Couture earned numerous accolades from peers within the fashion industry and media, including D Magazine, Paper City, The Patron Magazine and many others. In 2016 they became the recipients of the Fashion Group International Award that highlights leaders and visionaries within the fashion world.

Realizing the importance of giving back to their community, Andre and Luis tirelessly assist in creating awareness and supporting many foundations around Dallas, including Roundup For Autism, SPCA, Operation Kindness, North Texas Suicide and Crisis Center.

On Wednesday, April 27th Binzario Couture will present “A Walk Into the Sunset Benefitting the Autism Treatment Centers of Texas” at The Space Dallas on 2516 Florence Street, Dallas, TX 75204. Tickets are still available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/roundup-for-autism-binzario-couture-present-a-walk-into-the-sunset-fashion-show-tickets-21687092678?aff=eivtefrnd and can also be purchased at the door. The evening will feature Binzario Couture’s 2016 Fall/Winter Collection and will begin with a cocktails, light bites and silent auction at 6:15pm.

Taking pride in allowing each of their clients to realize her unique vision through the refined creations of their custom gowns, Binzario Couture has successfully carved out a niche in celebrating timeless elegance and femininity.

“Sunset” Collection

Why the name Binzario? YaBIN NaZARIO

Being your second time at NYFW what did you take away from the first experience that helped you on the second? L​uis and I learned that we cannot play it safe the second time around, as we would in Dallas. We really had to take a risk and do something we’ve never done before. Something really uncomfortable for us, which is color! We’ve been in the bridal industry for years designing with natural color palettes like white, off white, ivory and champagne. The truth is we’ve had very little experience working with color. So, when I first got the inspiration, I expressed it to Luis and we both were reluctant to pursue it. Honestly, we were very nervous but as I started working with various bold colors I began to build on that inspiration. It then became clearer that this is the direction we needed to go in.

Showing in Paris is the pinnacle for most couture fashion designers. What was your most memorable experience/moment there? I​ would have to say my most memorable moment was when I was backstage and I caught a glimpse of the audience reflection in a nearby mirror. Seeing the their reaction to our colorful gowns as they gracefully floated down the runway, was almost like watching some sort of magic show. That moment was confirmation that we made the right decision.

Who is your mentor in design? M​y clients are my mentors. I’ve learned so much from them. They have taught me & continue to teach me what women like, and most certainly what she doesn’t like. They’ve taught me the importance of feeling beautiful in a garment that flatters her unique body.

If you were to do a collection in collaboration with another designer, who would it be? I​t would be a dream to collaborate with Elie Saab!

How has Binzario Couture evolved since 2007? L​uis and I had this mutual love for evening gown design. It was something about seeing a woman getting dressed up. We both had talked about building a future in the fashion industry, but we were not sure how or where to start. At the time, I was working in architecture and a co­worker heard we were starting a fashion business and asked us to design her wedding dress. That was a first & we gladly accepted. During her last fitting, we were surprised at how we both felt the same joy and excitement she and her family felt. It was a striking feeling. Luis and I decided that maybe this is something we can build a business on and we did just that. We started marketing our custom couture bridal gown services and it took off in a matter of a year. 5 star reviews about our amazing service and attention to detail started to populate online. We began to get request to dress Dallas socialites & high profile local women, which in turn gave us the idea to launch our first couture evening line. We’ve thrived even more so, ever since then. We are happy to say we’ve been fortunate to present our collections at New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week and recently won the Fashion Group International Dallas Rising Stars Award. A few local boutiques have picked up our bridal gown line.

Describe your Fall 2016 collection? O​ur “Sunset” was inspired by the ombre and gradient color contrast that radiates through the evening sky at sunset. To be able to capture the calming energy from the ever changing colors of a sunset and also its natural atmospheric beauty, and infuse it into this collection was quite astonishing. The construction of the collection is centered on the modern woman: spirited, ever‐changing with a desire to be different. We wanted to be attentive to diverse cultures. The collection injects versatility by creating separates that blend couture techniques into daywear and then, in turn, bring daywear comfort to an after­dark look. The collection consists of 20 interchangeable styles. Our goal this season is to give women power to make their own choices; to uniform a Binzario top with their favorite jeans, blend day into evening with a simple skirt, or dress to the max with a voluminous ballroom skirt. We interjected this formula without relinquishing the essential feminine point of view which is the hallmark of our couture designs.

What was the inspiration behind the collection? W​e both love boating and catching the evening sunset over the lake is a favorite part of our day.

Who is the perfect Binzario Couture woman? T​he Binzario Couture woman is ultimately elegant. She lives a lifestyle of grace and class. She is​s​pirited, ever‐changing with a desire to be different. She is a working woman. She’s powerful. She travels to events around the world.

What’s in the future for Binzario Couture? W​e are currently working on a bridal collection that we’ll offer to brides, in addition to our custom couture collection. We are excited to say the offerings will soon be available online, too. We are also working on our 2017 Spring/Summer collection that will debut “in season” 2017.

Will you expand into more of a lifestyle brand? I ​believe we will expand to a lifestyle brand eventually, but right now, however, we are focusing on fostering loyal relationships with our clientele and building the Binzario Couture brand.

How do you define fashion? F​rom a couturier perspective, fashion is art in a wearable form.

What has influenced your designs the most? I ​would have to say that women and nature have influenced my designs the most.

What advice would you give aspiring fashion designers? I ​would tell aspiring designers to find their nitch and work it tirelessly. There will be a lot a sleepless nights, tears and the urge to give up, but don’t stop. Take quick “Nature” breaks along the way; let nature rejuvenate and restore your mind. Get right back to working toward your goal.

 

Andre Yabin’s Haute Secrets for Dallas 

 

Where were you born: I​ was born in Philadelphia.

How long have you lived in Dallas: W​e have been in Dallas for 10 years now.

Occupation: C​reative Director and Head Designer at Binzario Couture

Favorite Restaurant: S​tephan Pyles

Best dessert: N​ana’s raspberry cake

Best place for a power business meeting: A​space with a lot of natural light.

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? J​oule or The Fairmont

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: N​orthpark / Zara

Favorite Cultural Event: B​esides Music and Arts Festivals, I love the annual P​arranda in PR.

Favorite Cultural Institution: N​asher Sculpture Center and DMA

Best Steakhouse: Dallas Chophouse and Bob’s Steak and Chophouse

Best Limousine/Driving Service: I​ love either driving myself or “Ubering” it.

Best Museum/Exhibition: I loved the Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition and the Foundation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent

Describe your city in three words: Developmental, Wealthy and Thriving

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: M​y favorite historic place is the Alhambra in Granada Spain.

All­-around favorite spot in Dallas: M​y favorite spot in Dallas is ebar (their meltdown margaritas are to die for).

Best Aspect of Dallas: T​here is a lot of room for potential growth in the local Dallas Fashion Industry.

 

Photo Credit: James Hoff

 

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