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Latinos at NY Fashion Week Men's: Ricardo Seco

Mexican fashion designer Ricardo Seco talks about why he emphasized his heritage into his show and why he used that spotlight to protest Donald Trump.
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Mexican designer Ricardo Seco's newest collection, "Time," is an homage to his heritage and a political statement supporting his country. He used his platform at the influential NY Fashion Week Men's to take a stand against Donald Trump and the language surrounding Mexico and its citizens.

"As a Mexican fashion designer I represent Mexico through my work," Seco said. "The time for Mexico is now, and [it's] Time to realize that Mexico represents more than what was said about it. I want to share with everyone the authentic Mexico."

Originally from Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, Seco left his career 15 years ago to study fashion at the Marangoni Institute in Milan and Paris.

He has created 30 collections, and shown eight of which at New York Fashion Week. We spoke to the designer about his newest collection and his inspirations.

Ricardo Seco's Fall/Winter 2016 collection at New York Fashion Week Men's.Paula Rosado

From where did you get your inspiration?

My inspiration is the serape, a traditional item from the north of Mexico – where I am from. This item always uses a lot of color, and I made my own design [by] mixing black and white, and it is like how Mexico dresses the streets of New York.

What do you, as a Mexican designer, bring to NY Fashion week?

I am from Mexico and I want to show my culture – with one collection globally – [and] my identity. I think that this collection has all these things – some sophistication – you can see more of where I am from.

Where and when did you start?

I started in Mexico 15 years ago, but this is my ninth collection in NY...I am very grateful to the CFDA to invite me to stay in this platform I think is best – Men’s Fashion Week of New York.

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