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Chaz Aracil, recent Rhode Island School of Design Alumni and Portsmouth local, had his first large-scale presentation in New York City which took place on Tuesday February 16tth. The emerging designer showcased his talents with Art Hearts Fashion at the Angel Orensanz Foundation.

What’sUpNewp first wrote about this back on July 23rd – Portsmouth, RI Fashion Designer to Show in New York Fashion Week

The historic venue, located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan is a Gothic Revival Synagogue built in 1849 that now functions as an artistic and cultural resource open to the creative community. The New York Fashion Week show drew in a large crowd, with attendance from celebrities Scout Willis, Jessica Pimentel, Olivia Pierson and Natalie Halcro. Aracil’s entire presentation was a collaborative work of art from the collection down to the music, which was produced by RISD artist Nick Lane, and featured percussions by MIA drummer Kiran Gandhi.


The work presented at NYFW, titled Spectral Cell is a collection based on ideas of spectrality and regeneration. Synthesizing inspiration from nature into tactile wearable experiences, the spectrum of materials featured, range from the sleek and architectural to the gestural and organic. Spectral Cell highlights innovative apparel and textile processes including tailoring techniques, complex seaming, fabric manipulations, and material diversity.

Aracil’s collection includes natural wools, leathers and printed silks, which were derived from his own original photography.  Specific looks featuring the sculptural and vibrant rubber textiles are the product of collaboration with fellow RISD artist Zoe Lohmann.

In addition to hosting a number of designers, Art Hearts Fashion philanthropic drive stretches from coast to coast supporting organizations including: Aids Health Care Foundation, Make A Wish Foundation, Children’s Hospital LA, and Women’s Cancer Research Foundation.

Chaz Aracil

Chaz Aracil is a Fine Artist and emerging Fashion Designer based in Providence, Rhode Island whose inspirations and interests rely heavily on extensive research pertaining to systems of natural sciences and elements within our surroundings. Through this research, he translates and reinterprets these findings into one of a kind wearable art works.

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He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

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