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Raoul Blanco Unveils Fall-Spring Couture

Dec 01, 2015 06:13PM ● By Flint Zerangue, Sr.
Custom designer and renowned fashion guru Raoul Blanco unveils his Scent of a Woman Fall-Spring Couture to excited guests atop Benson Towers in beautiful downtown New Orleans.

Hosted by Mrs. Gayle Benson, this distinguished fashion show featured an eclectic sampling of clothing inspired by Blanco’s elite clientele. Elegant models donned one of-a-kind pieces, accented with designer hats from Fleur de Paris of New Orleans. Fabrics imported from London, Paris and Italy offered an array of colors, styles and patterns in a multitude of designs ranging from the dark accents of autumn to the light, flowy looks of spring. The event did not disappoint as invited guests (who were also dressed to impress), ooh’d and aah’d at the exclusive apparel. 

Blanco’s designs can only be obtained from the man himself. Working closely with each client he takes pride in learning their fashion personalities, making custom clothing that is sure to meet or exceed expectations.

When asked if there was anything that had specifically inspired his latest collection, Raoul explained, “I don’t pay attention to what’s trending in fashion… my designs come from an intimate knowledge of my clients’ desires and needs…when I see the right fabric, I know almost instantly who it would look best on and go from there.” 

A gorgeous former model for Valentino, Blanco discovered he had a talent for designing women’s clothing as a boy growing up in Puerto Rico. He moved to New York after gaining a following in the 1980s and winning Elizabeth Arden’s Cup of Elegance competition with a design worn by actress Rose Perez. After gaining commercial success and working with designers such as Liz Claiborne, Raoul returned to his passion, haute couture. His Latin flair and eye for detail attracted clients from around the world. After having successful studios in both California and New Orleans, he relocated to Acadiana in 2012 where he continues to have limitless success servicing his exquisite clientele, the likes of which have include Mrs. Gayle Benson and former governor Kathleen Blanco (no relation).

"I like to make clothing that is immortal... so it can be worn years from now." Raoul Blanco 
 Adding to his accolades, Raoul was recently presented with an award from New Orleans Fashion Week “in Recognition of his Impact, Achievements and Contributions in Support of the Southern Fashion Industry.” 

The Raoul Blanco studio is located in the Oil Center, Lafayette, LA. To learn more about his special creations or to arrange a private seating, visit or 337.366.8193.

By Savannah Ludwig & Kisha Kana
Photo's by: FACE Magazine