Meet the extraordinary Daniel Hernandez: a clothing and beauty products designer and visionary, the head of DH Studios since its establishment in 2002. He recently showed his latest fashions on the Vegas Cut and Sew runway on February 19, and we’ve been dying to learn more ever since. We know he’s won multiple awards including the Avant Garde Designer of the Year in New York, and is continuing to grow his list of accomplishments, but what’s next? Who is Hernandez and where is he headed?
What are your plans for the future? Can you give us any insight as to what you have in store?
To continue to explore with my brand outside of Boston. I have been invited to present my work in Paris, Cuba and Africa for 2016 – 17. I will also be a launching my first solo show in Las Vegas.
What or who gives you the most inspiration?
I get inspiration from many places, particularly older fashion houses such as Lanvin, Dior and Thierry Mugler. I am always taking screenshots of social media, cutting out magazine pages. I keep a paper agenda with me where I write down ideas that pop in my head from an everyday situation, visual from a movie or gallery show, or simply something someone is wearing on the streets.
Is there any brand or designer you would like to collaborate with in the future?
I have contemplated the idea of designing for a fashion house, however I am lucky enough to have a strong following that keeps me busy full time. With that said this year I am working on an interactive presentation that will be presented at the Larz Anderson Museum in October 2016, where I will have several fashion entities as guests.
How and when did you know that you wanted to become what you are today?
I feel and believe we are all creatures of our environment. I was about 17 years old when I said to my grandmother that I wanted to become a fashion designer and created my first collection. After presenting this collection there was such an incredible response that I decided to go to school. It was about 5 years ago when I became a full time fashion house and let go of everything else non fashion related.
Tell us more about the new line that you showed at Vegas Cut and Sew.
The collection was more RTW than usual, it was very inspired by what has been selling in the Las Vegas market. A combination of everyday and classic glamour. Lots of capes in timeless prints and materials such as houndstooth in wool blends and full circle skirts with lace tops. It is imperative for me as a designer to know my clothes are selling and being used every day as I fully depend on the sales of my work.
Is there anything else you would like to tell the Vegas audience?
Vegas is becoming a powerful fashion center such New York or Paris. This is due to the fact that there is enough industry and sales, more so than Boston or many other cities I have visited within the past 2 years. This is due to the amount of shows and traffic that casinos attract. I would like to invite the Las Vegas audience to try on my designs and find out that there is room in their closets for more fashion and functionality even for the warm city of Las Vegas. I am grateful for the incredible welcome my collections have received during my past shows for FWLV and Vegas Cut and Sew and I promise Las Vegas that the best of the Daniel Hernández brand is yet to come. Look forward to seeing all of my incredible followers in my upcoming solo show; all of the details will be available at Fashion Feed LV.
View “Task Force,” editorial featuring DH Studios and photography by Tolga Katas HERE
Complete set of runway images from DH Studios show at Vegas Cut + Sew HERE
Interview by Nikki Boehm