Miami designer in the spotlight at New York Fashion Week

Karigam’s creative director Karina Gomez kept it simple for the line’s debut at New York Fashion Week.

The part-time Miami resident, who also works at her family’s import/export company Airemark Industries LLC, sent out models in clothing that can best be summed up as sophisticated, minimalist and elegant. Think part Robert Palmer video, part sci-fi fantasy: lots of neutrals, slicked back hair, zippers and warped hemlines. “I was inspired by the melding of the futuristic geometric, technological and asymmetrical references of present-day Manhattan architecture,” says the native Venezuelan, who has an office in the Brickell area.

Gomez, who landed Sports Illustrated Swimsuit looker Hilary Rhoda as the face of her first ad campaign, just launched an e-commerce site, Karigam.com. It should be up and running later this month. Already fans: Solange Knowles, Jamie Chung and NeNe Leakes, who were seen first row at the newbie’s show.

Fellow attendee Word on the Street blogger Cherie Corso appreciated Karigam’s duster coats: “I’m 6 feet tall, so the long jackets frame an outfit for me,” she said. “I also liked the mesh and sheer color blocking. It says take a little peek, I have a lot to say but I’m not showing it all.”

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