In the Hamptons

The making of a fashion legend

Andres Aquino was born in the Dominican Republic but came to the USA to study where he received his B.A. summa cum laude and M.A. and was awarded “Scholar of the College” from Boston College.

After finishing college he took up photography and one day, while taking pictures of a model friend, she asked him if she could use the photograph to enter a model competition.

This model ended up winning the ‘Top model competition of the year’ award, with that very photograph!

Soon other models starting asking him to take their pictures and shortly thereafter he was travelling the world.  He covered designer runway shows in Europe, South America, Canada, Africa and the USA. His photography work and editorials have appeared in numerous publications around the world.

He then founded Fashion Syndicate Press in 1997, a leading fashion photography agency with press clients worldwide. This business is complemented by a network of successful web sites related to fashion, beauty and photography, including:








and others receiving millions of hits per month.

Even though he studied theater and communications in college, Andres’ real passion was Fashion. He loved the flowing robes of the Greek Goddesses and this was what inspired him to design for his friends, who asked him to make some garments to showcase their jewels and accessories at the fashion events.

The enthusiastic reaction by audiences and press encouraged him to create entire season collections of high fashion evening and cocktail ensembles starting in 2008. His fashion designs have appeared in major magazines, websites and TV broadcasts, and the collections have been presented in Europe, New York and Palm Beach to great reviews

After meeting many of his clients at the European fashion events, he decided to bring Haute Couture to New York, where he started COUTURE FASHION WEEK in 2003, as well as other fashion shows.

Mr. Aquino oversees all production aspects – from sponsors to designers, from venue selection to model casting, from technical staff operations to public relations.

Couture Fashion Week is a multi-day event showcasing couture and luxury fashion. It also includes exhibits of luxury brands and fine art as well as world-class entertainment and receptions. The event is held in top venues in New York City, Palm Beach, Florida and other selected cities and is attended by upscale consumers, invited VIPs, the press and high-end store buyers. Couture Fashion Week offers unique branding opportunities for luxury products and services.

He has years of experience in show production, facility management, talent management, event coordination, publishing, and market research as well as teaching, writing, theater directing and business administration. In addition, he has worked in international business consulting, exporting and importing as well as fashion design and fashion merchandising to the boutique market.

In February 2008, Andres Aquino launched Couture & Luxury, a print and online fashion and lifestyle pictorial.

Andres is one of the most down to earth and friendly people you can meet and we look forward to following the Fashion world with the maestro at its helm.

“Life is a journey  and along this journey I found my muse.  From the shadows of a word my muse emerges and into the light we walk holding hands as one”.  Andres Aquino

Take a look at his website:  http://www.CoutureFashionWeek.com/

Designer Andres Aquino at Couture Fashion Week NYC
Kelsie Mckenna Wearing the million dollar gown by Amal Saraddiene at Andres Fashion Show, Waldorf Astoria, NYC

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  1. Dianne Wesley on the December 5, 2010 remarked #

    Having had the opportunity to be present at this amazing event, I can say 1st Hand, Andres, You are an incredibly talented Man!!! Thank you for the opportunity to see your genius at work! . I Loved what you created, And the way the whole show was put together. If you would ever like me to perform at one of your events , It would be my honor and pleasure. Blessings and Love, Your Friend , Dianne

  2. Aurora C. Aquino on the December 5, 2010 remarked #

    Another successful Man and Fashion Designer.
    Salut Mr.Andres Aquino for more new styles and many more of new designs in the future..

  3. Giada Valenti on the December 27, 2010 remarked #

    Thank you Shireen for this wonderful piece about a wonderful and talented man like Andre’!
    May 2011 bring even more success and Fashion Couture to the world!!
    Bravo Andre’.


  4. Constance Gassaway on the January 11, 2011 remarked #

    Amazing how one starts out in life, and how a certain path leads you to your passion. Couldn’t have said it better in his ending quote. Fabulous!

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