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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Adriana Castro Nominated for Fashion Group International's Rising Star Award

Adriana Castro, Handbag Designer
Photo: Omar Cruz

Adriana Castro has been nominated for Fashion Group International’s 14th Annual Rising Star Awards. The Rising Star Awards recognize emerging talent that has made a significant impact on fashion, accessories, retail, beauty and home. Adriana Castro’s line of exotic skin handbags and accessories has been selected as a finalist in the Accessories category. A luncheon will be held on January 27, 2011 at Cipriani 42nd Street, during which the winners will be announced.

Adriana’s one of a kind, handmade, artisan pieces are wearable works of art for the most stylish woman of any age. Bold colors and sensual textures give each piece in Castro’s collection extraordinary character and personality. The handbags, wallets, belts and other accessories in the collection are created with the intention to be mixed and matched; they are stylish, yet functional. Rich, yet delicate. Supple, yet sturdy. The versatility of her designs complement the finest couture or the simplest of casual. Adriana Castro’s designs embody the perfect balance of elegance and quality.

Adriana pursued her dream to build her business at Purdue University, where she received a degree in Economics. She further developed her knowledge of Accessory Design at the Art Institute at Miami International University. Media attention quickly followed with coverage in highly respected fashion publications such as Women’s Wear Daily and Vogue. The fashion industry further recognized Castro’s talents; in 2007 GenArt presented Adriana with the Fresh Faces in Fashion Award for Accessory Design. In June 2009, Adriana’s Modish Clutch received the Independent Handbag Designer Awards for “Audience Fan Favorite.”

Castro’s handbags and clutches are loved and carried by celebrities and fashion influencers including Sarah Jessica Parker, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, The Kardashians, Audrina Patridge, Heidi Klum and Shakira. Five of Adriana Castro’s Bags were featured in the movie Sex and the City 2. The genuine, exotic collection is available in high-end luxury retail stores around the world, including Henri Bendel and Harvey Nichols. The full collection is available on the web at Prices range from $150-450 for accessories, and handbags from $800-3000.

The Fashion Group International is a global, non-profit, professional organization with 5000 members in the fashion industry including apparel, accessories, beauty and home. The FGI mission is to be the pre-eminent authority on the business of fashion and design and to help its members become more effective in their careers. To do this, FGI provides insights on major trends in person, online and in print; access to business professionals and a gateway to the influence fashion plays in the marketplace.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Ring In the New Year In Style!

Wow, where did the year go? Just a short while ago, I was lounging around with friends by the pool and then carving a turkey over Thanksgiving with close friends and family. 2011 is just around the corner - about three weeks away! Make sure you’ve made your resolutions for 2011 and ring in the new year looking ultra stylish with these hot fashion pieces!

The little black dress:

The staple for any New Year’ Eve party -- the little black dress, when paired with sparkly accessories, belts, bags and bling will stand-out. This timeless classic only get’s better, the more you accessorize. Remember, when selecting the right little black dress, be sure to choose an age-appropriate dress and also one that fits your frame. Since you’re working with a blank canvas, try different types of accessories; a chunky belt, dangling earrings, an armful of colorful bangles! You can’t go wrong!


I’ll confess, I’m a shoe-a-holic! I’ve got lots of pairs of shoes and never enough time to wear them all!. This New Year’s Eve, you’ll find me wearing colorful booties or sky-high hooks. A number of popular designers come to mind; the most obvious Christian Louboutin. If expensive shoes aren’t your fancy, try Steve Madden or Jessica Simpson.

The 1940’s:

The 1940’s? No, I didn’t forget a number! High-waisted skirts are totally in this New Year’s. In fact, they work for just about any body-type, as they help offset areas where we may look as flattering. Try on a high-waisted skirt and you’ll be surprised at how slimming they can be!

All that glitters:

Sure, when the clock strikes midnight, the air will be filled with glitter and confetti (if you’re at Time Square). Kick-off your New Year’s early by adding glitter to your entire ensemble. A little makeup, some sparkle through your accessories, even your little black dress! Remember, use it in moderation and don’t go too crazy!

By choosing some of these basic pieces and upping your game this New Year’s, you can ensure that you’ll be blinging and ringing in 2011 in style!

xo Adriana

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Warmest Thoughts and Best Wishes


Adriana Castro

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Holiday Fashion - All That Glitters is Gold!

Adriana Castro Python Maya Clutch (Spring 2011 Collection). Now Available for Pre - Order 1.866.460.4484.

All That Glitters Is Gold!

Brr…winter is surely shaping up to be a cold one. Just because it’s getting cold though doesn’t mean you have to break-out the drab and frumpy sweaters just to stay warm. This holiday, add a little glitter and fur and you’ll not only stay warm, but look even hotter as you brave sub-par temperatures outside!


Start with a little fur – faux of course! Capelet jackets, mini fur vests, striped fur vests. Choose one that looks best with your body-type. As far as colors go, choose browns, blacks, even throw in a little gray for good measure. You’ll look classy and trendy at the same time! Fierce!


In addition to fur, puffy jackets and knit-sleeved coats are in! Brown, grey and bright white colored materials will be all the rage. Accent these key pieces with fur, and you’ve got a winning combination.

Turtlenecks and high-collars

Normally a boring piece, this season, you’ll see more turtlenecks being worn. Mix and match turtlenecks with funky accessories, to give your turtleneck a bold look. If you’re not interested in wearing a turtleneck, high-collars are in as well. High-collars are great because they’re extremely modern. In addition though, high-collars keep you warm too when it’s cold outside.

Gold and Glitter

Want to really make that turtleneck really pop? Besides adding funky accessories, look to add a little gold to your wardrobe too! This can be done through a dress, sequined shirts and belts!

Trench Coats and Military Jackets

Need an extra layer that will keep you looking stylish and trendy? Break-out a dark-colored jacket in one of these great styles. What’s also great is that these styles will be here to stay for a number of months too!

Skirts and dresses

Keep the rest of your body warm this year with skirts that narrow down to the knee or a pleated dress. Paired with furs and high-collared tops, you cam ensure that you stay warm!

Remember, however you do it, skip the green and red sparkles this year. Throw in some gold, fur, high-collared styled shirts and a fairly lengthy skirt or dress. Together, you’ll look fierce as you brave the elements this winter with a little holiday fashion and still keep warm with a layered look all at the same time!

Happy Holidays!

XO Adriana

Friday, December 3, 2010

Adriana Castro: Handbago's Best Designer of the Year

A couple of weeks ago, I was nominated for the 2010 Handbago Awards in the Best Designer category. This year’s Handbago Awards were a huge success in regards to the number of voters who partook in the polls. The polls closed promptly at 11:59PM PST on November 30th.

I am pleased to announce that I have been chosen by the public as the winner in the
Best Designer category for the 2010 Handbago Awards!

I would like to thank you for voting and for your loyal following and support!



Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Adriana Castro Thanksgiving Sale

*Offer not valid in stores. To receive 30% OFF on any order, enter the promo code ACTHANKS2010 in the promotional code box during checkout. This offer applies to Internet orders only and does not apply to the Adriana Castro Virtual Gift Card. This offer cannot be applied to previous purchases and cannot be combined with any other discount offer. Offer starts on 11.25.10 and ends on 11.28.10 at 11:59PM ET.