Style Scoop: Arlenis Sosa Peña Is Oscar de la Renta's Top Model

Dominican beauty (and future Lancôme spokesmodel) Arlenis Sosa Peña was the star at Oscar de la Renta's spring 2009 show, kicking off the runway in a blue and gray maillot and closing it out in a silver column dress. Sosa Peña, who has walked in just about every major show of the season, is a favorite of De la Renta's. The Spaniard dressed and escorted her to the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala back in May, just weeks after she landed on U.S. shores.

As for the legendary designer himself, De la Renta is known for luxe-classic clothes that cater to female political types and this spring collection was no diferent. His Spring '09 show was filled with lots of serious ballgowns and pantsuits perfect for inaugural ceremonies. "I've dressed Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain, and I'd like to dress Sarah Palin, too, because fashion isn't political," the designer told Though Jennifer Lopez was nowhere to be seen at Carolina Herrera's show (nor was she at Friday morning's Project Runway show--the scandal!), she graced the front row of De la Renta like the rare jewel she is nowadays...

On the other end of the staid spectrum, Brazilian designer Carlos Miele's take on womanhood was much less structured and more floaty. Bouncing to vocals provided by the dreadlocked singer Seu George, the models strutted down the runway in a series of looks "inspired by the rain forest in Florianópolis," said Miele to Model Karen Pedaru wore a spectacular one-shoulder chiffon dress—a kaleidoscope of aquatic colors with a high slit and shards of delicate fabric trailing behind her....

On Thursday, the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce in New York hosted a "Spanish Fashion Stravaganza" at KOI Restaurant only feet away from the runways of Bryant Park, in an effort to promote and feature Spanish designers, such as Agatha Ruiz of Prada, Mascaró, Pronovias and Alma Aguilar...

Meanwhile, there is a world outside of New York Fashion Week: America's Next Top Model just announced a Mexican version of the wildly popular show created by Tyra Banks to premiere next month. They are the second Latin American country to do their own version—Brazil was the first. But who will be the Mexican Miss J. Alexander?

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